30 Jul 2005

Tonga's striking civil servants offered 12.5pc payrise - report

8:37 am on 30 July 2005

Tonga's Cabinet has offered striking civil servants a 12.5 per cent pay rise across the board.

The newspaper, Matangi Tonga, reports the cabinet met last night as a growing crowd gathered nearby.

The Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, Paula Ma'u, told the newspaper that Cabinet had decided that the salaries of all public servants should go back to the levels they were on June 30th.

In effect this would mean scrapping the hefty pay rises since introduced for top public servants.

Mr Ma'u said there would be a 12.5 per cent rise across the board.

He said the police, the prison and defence services were excluded from this decision.