Cabinet approves new pay structure for public servants in move described as a milestone

    Tonga’s public servants will have a new pay structure from July 1.

    The new pay structure is part of the Second Remuneration Report which was approved by cabinet yesterday.

    A government press release yesterday said the decision marked a new milestone for the public service.

    “The current salary structure was established back in the 1970s and it is outdated and contained a lot of anomalies for a lot of positions and salary scales,” the statement said.

    “The first attempt by the Government to reform the salary structure was in 2005, which unfortunately resulted in the public service strike.

    “Lessons learned from 2005 were taken into account by the current Government in revisiting this important initiative for the public service.”

    The Second Remuneration Report was submitted to Cabinet by the Remuneration Authority in November 2015. Cabinet ordered the Remuneration Authority to work with the Public Service Commission on ways to implement the report and make it available it to all chief executive officers for consultation.

    Consultations were completed in March and the final report handed to Cabinet.

    Work on implementing the report will be undertaken by the Public Service Commission, the Ministry of Finance and Planning and the Remuneration Authority.

    Prime Minister, Samuela ‘Akilisi Pohiva said if the various bodies worked with the public service there would be a smooth transition to the new salary structure.

    He said proper mechanisms would be established to deal with anomalies and complaints fairly and satisfactorily.

    The Minister for Finance and National Planning said the decision to approve the report sent a signal to the kingdom’s development partners that the government was working on reforming the public service.

    The new remuneration structure is linked directly to the performance of public service employees and the government’s commitment to improve service to the public.

    The Public Service Commission is working with the Remuneration Authority in the preparatory work for the implementation of this new framework.

    Cabinet also approved the First Remuneration Report submitted by the Remuneration Authority in 2014. The report will be updated and also effective from July1.

    The first report recommended remuneration structures for officers listed in the schedule to the Remuneration Authority Act 2010 which included Cabinet Ministers, Legislative Assembly Staff, Judges, Members of Court of Appeal, Tribunals and Statutory Boards, His Majesty’s Armed Forces, Ministry of Police, Prison and Fire Services and positions not covered in the Public Service Act.

    The main points

    • Tonga’s public servants will have a new pay structure from July 1.
    • The new pay structure is part of the Second Remuneration Report which was approved by cabinet yesterday.
    • A government press release yesterday said the decision marked a new milestone for the public service.
    • “The current salary structure was established back in the 1970s and it is outdated and contained a lot of anomalies for a lot of positions and salary scales,” the statement said.

    1 COMMENT

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      Ko e tuʻunga vāhenga ko ʻeni ko e konga ia e līpooti hono ua k he vāhengá ʻa ia ne tali ʻe he kapinetí ʻaneafi.

      Naʻe pehē ʻe ha fakamatala tuku ange ʻa e puleʻangá ʻaneafi ko e tuʻutuʻuni kuó ne fakaʻilongaʻi ha makamaile maʻa e ngāue fakapuleʻangá.

      Ko e tuʻunga vāhenga lolotongá naʻe fokotuʻu ia talu mei he 1970 tupú pea kuo ʻosi hono taimi pea lahi ʻa e ngaahi fetōʻaki ai ʻi he ngaahi lakanga lahi mo e sikeili vāhenga,” ko e lau ia ʻa e fakamatalá.

      Ko e fuofua feinga ʻa e puleʻangá ke fakaleleiʻi ʻa e tuʻunga vāhenga ko ʻení ne fai ia ʻi he 2005 kae pangó ne iku ia ki he tuku ngāue ʻa e kau ngāue fakapuleʻangá.

      Naʻe fai e ako mei he tukungāue ʻo e 2005 ʻe he puleʻanga lolotongá ʻaki hono toe vakaiʻi e mahuʻinga e fokotuʻu fakakaukau ko ʻeni maʻa ngāue fakapuleʻangá.

      Naʻe fakahū atu ʻa e Lipooti hono ua ki he Vāhengá ʻe he Maʻu Mafai ki he Vāhengá ki he Kapinetí ʻi Nōvema 2015.

      Naʻe tuʻutuʻuni e Kapinetí ki he Maʻu Mafai ki he Vāhengá ken a ngāue mo e Komisoni ʻa e Kau Ngāue Fakapuleʻangá ki ha ngaahi founga ke fakahokoʻaki ʻa e līpooti peá ke fakafaingamālieʻi ia ki he kau CEO ke fai hano talanoaʻi mo kinautolu.

      Ne kakato ʻa e fetalanoaʻaki ko ʻeni ʻi Māʻasi pea ne ʻoatu ai e līpooti fakamuimuí ki he Kapinetí.

      ʻE fakahoko ʻa e ngāue ki he līpooti ko ʻeni ʻe he Komisoni ki he Kau Ngāue Fakapuleʻangá, Potungāue Paʻangá mo e Palaní mo e Maʻumafai ki he Vāhengá.

      Naʻe meʻa ʻa e Palēmiá, ʻAkilisi Pōhiva ʻo pehē kapau ʻe ngāue fakataha ʻa e ngaahi sino ko ʻení mo e ngāue fakapuleʻangá pea ʻalunga mālie pe hono fakahū mai ʻo e tuʻunga vāhenga foʻoú.

      Naʻá ne pehē ʻe ʻi ai pe ngaahi meʻangāue totonu ʻe tokotuʻu ke ne toutalia ʻi ha founga ʻoku fea mo fakafiemālié ha ngaahi lāunga pe fetōkehekeheʻaki.

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