posted on Aug, 27 2005 @ 03:01 AM
It's understood they agreed on most of the conditions, but wouldn't buckle on one point. They say they want a 60 - 80% pay rise and that's
"We have to mobilise the business sectors and the public to show our discontent to the monarchy and the government," says Finau Tutone, chairman of
the union for striking workers.
"There is a political dimension to this dispute, that underlying the industrial strike there is a call for reform, " Foreign Affairs Minister Phil
"There is a call for a constitutional monarchy and democracy that is not a topic this particular delegation can assist with."
After three days of discussions the government and union of workers have failed to even agree on a process for mediation.
The people rely heavily on aid from New Zealand - about $4 million annually - to maintain public services, with annual aid being substantially greater
The NZ government needs to apply more diplomatic pressure to the current government of Tonga. Here we have chance to influence a peacefull change to
democracy it would be ashame if the opportunity was lost due to the NZ government sitting on its hands. To be fair the NZ government send a team in
order to effect mediation.
NZ aid money should be cut off untill the Tongan government becomes a functoning democracy. When the time comes and Tonga becomes a democracy aid
money should be distrbuted thou a thrid party in order to prevent the evils of corrupation.
[edit on 27-8-2005 by xpert11]