27 Aug 2005

Tongan strikers snub government offer - report

7:09 am on 27 August 2005

Reports from Tonga say striking civil servants have rejected the latest government moves to help them return to work.

The news service Matangi Tonga reports the government has agreed to pay the strikers the salary increases they want during the negotiation process.

The government is said to have agreed to provide an interim salary scale as well as a lump sum of money for independently adjudicated salary rises.

This would be in return for a mediation period of two weeks and a binding result on the arbitration.

But a meeting of the general Public Servants Association last night resolved to reject the government's formula.