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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, July 29) – Tonga’s Cabinet has offered striking civil servants a 12.5 per cent pay raise 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 raises since introduced for top public servants.

Instead, Mr Ma’u said there would be a 12.5 per cent raise across the board.

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

Monday, August 1, 2005

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