Tonga Cabinet Rejects Petition From Public Service Association To Defer Salary Structure

Move to increase PM’s salary to $44,000 was deferred

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, July 11, 2016) – In a decision on Friday, Tonga's Cabinet turned down a Petition by the Public Service Association to defer the implementation of a new civil service salary structure from 1 July 2016 to 1 January 2017.

The Petition was presented by Mele ‘Amanaki, PSA Secretary General, to Prime Minister Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohva on 29 June 2016.

[PIR editor's note: On July 12, 2016 RNZI reported that 'A petition from Tonga's Public Service Association to defer a new salary structure will be presented to the King this afternoon, following its rejection by Cabinet.']

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Finance and National Planning told Matangi Tonga that a move to increase the salary of the Prime Minister to $100,000 [US$44,000] per annum was also deferred.

Tonga’s 2016-2017 National Budget, with the new salary structure for Civil Servants was implemented on 1 July 2016.

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