Government declares new pay scales in place, but PSA wants king to delay process

    The Tongan government has declared that the new pay scales for public servants is in place, but government workers are calling on the king to intervene and delay the process.

    The government declared last Friday that the new structure, which covers all public servants and publicly paid positions, would come in to effect this Wednesday.

    However, the Public Service Association says worker’s grievances and concerns had not been considered.

    PSA Mele ‘Amanaki Secretary General said her members’ grievances needed to be addressed before implementing the new salary scales.

    “There is no harm in postponing the new salary scales and addressing the grievances first,” she said.

    “We have pledged to the people that we will not go on strike and will use the Constitution and law if negotiation with Government fails.”

    The last attempt to revise the public service salary structure ended in a strike by PSA members and civil unrest.

    ‘Amanaki has written to Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva claiming that some Ministers were intimidating PSA members in an attempt to stop them assigning a petition to the king asking for the new pay scales to be delayed.

    But the Remuneration Authority, which oversaw the reassessment of pay scales, is adamant that the change is in place.

    It said salaries would be paid to the kingdom’s 5054 public servants under the new scheme from the start of the new financial year on July 13.

    The Authority said nobody’s salary had been cut.

    Nearly all positions under the Public Service Commission were moved into a new salary band with a higher maximum salary point.

    Salary increases would now be based on annual performance reviews. There will no longer be automatic pay rises.

    A total of 561 positions at the bottom of the public service, had been moved to a new minimum salary of $6,720 and $7,560 per annum.

    The Remuneration Authority said that during its consultation process it had received 821 individual requests, mainly from medical staff, who felt they were not being paid enough for the work they were doing and/or should have their job description re-evaluated.

    However, only 137 of these requests were successful.

    The Prime Minister and Ministerial salaries have been maintained at their current level.

    The main points

    • The Tongan government has declared that the new pay scales for public servants is in place, but government workers are calling on the king to intervene and delay the process.
    • The government declared last Friday that the new structure, which covers all public servants and publicly paid positions, would come in to effect this Wednesday.
    • However, the Public Service Association says worker’s grievances and concerns had not been considered.
    • The Remuneration Authority said salaries would be paid to the kingdom’s 5054 public servants under the new scheme from the start of the new financial year on July 13.

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    1. Tali ‘e he Pule’anga ‘a e Fa’unga Vāhenga Fo’ou ki he Ngaue Fakapule’anga

      Makatu’unga ‘i he tu’utu’uni ‘a e Kapineti ‘i he ‘aho 8 Siulai 2016, na’e fakapapau’i ai ‘e he Pule’anga ‘a hono tali ke ngaue’aki ‘a e fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou na’e fokotu’u atu ‘e he Ma’u Mafai Vāhenga. ‘E fakahoko ‘eni ki he lakanga ngaue fakapule’anga pea mo e ngaahi lakanga kotoape ‘oku totongi mei he pa’anga ‘a e Pule’anga. ‘Oku fetongi ‘e he fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou ko ‘eni ‘a e fa’unga Vāhenga kuo ta’u ‘eni ‘e 34 hono ngaue mai ‘aki ‘e he Pule’anga talu mei he 1982.

      Ko e ngaahi fokotu’u ‘a e Ma’u Mafai Vāhenga na’e ha ia ‘i he ‘Uluaki Lipooti ki he Vāhenga ‘i Sune 2014 (lakanga ‘e 1,340 ‘i he malumalu ‘o e Lao ki he Ma’u Mafai Vāhenga), pea mo e Lipooti Ua ki he Ngaahi Vāhenga ‘o Sepitema 2015 (lakanga ‘e 3,560 ‘i he malumalu ‘o e Lao ki he Kau Ngaue Fakapule’anga). ‘I he hili ha ngaahi pō talanoa mo e ngaahi Potungaue mo e ngaahi kupu kehekehe ‘o e Pule’anga, na’e faka’ata ke ‘omai ha ngaahi ta’efiemalie pe hoha’a ki he ngaahi fokotu’utu’u ‘a e Ma’u Mafai Vāhenga ke toe fai ha sio ki ai. Na’e toe fai ‘a e ngaue ki he ongo Lipooti ni, pea toe fakahu atu ki he Kapineti.

      Ko e ngaahi lakanga ngaue fakapule’anga fakakātoa ‘e 5,054 ‘a ia ‘oku totongi ‘e he Pule’anga, kuo ‘osi fakanofonofo kinautolu ki he fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou. Ko e vahe ‘uluaki ‘o e ta’u fakapa’anga fo’ou, he ‘aho 13 Siulai 2016, ‘e fakahoko atu ia ‘o fakatatau ki he ngaahi sikeili ‘i he fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou.

      Ko e lakanga ‘e 3,407 (96%) ‘o e ngaahi lakanga kotoa ‘e 3,560 ‘oku ‘i he malumalu ‘o e Komisoni ‘a e Ngaue Fakapule’anga, na’e fakanofonofo kinautolu ki he sikeili Vāhenga fo’ou ‘oku ma’olungaange ‘a e poini taupotu ki ‘olunga ‘o e sikeili fo’ou, ‘i he tu’unga ‘oku ‘i ai he taimi ni. Ko e kau ngaue fakapule’anga ko’eni, ko e tokolahi ai, ‘e tu’uma’u pe honau Vāhenga pea ko e ni’ihi tokosi’i ‘e hiki hake honau Vāhenga. Ko e toe hiki hake ‘o ha Vāhenga ‘i he kaha’u, kuopau ke makatu’unga ia ‘i hono fakahoko lelei ‘o e fatongia. Ko e peseta leva ‘e 4 (toko 153) na’e fakanofonofo kinautolu ki he sikeili Vāhenga fo’ou ‘oku ma’ulaloange ‘a e poini taupotu ki ‘olunga ‘i he tu’unga ‘oku ‘i ai he taimi ni.

      Mei he lakanga ko ia ‘e 3,560 ‘i he malumalu ‘o e Komisoni ‘a e Ngaue Fakapule’anga, ko e lakanga ai ‘e 561 ‘oku nga’unu hake ki ‘olunga honau Vāhenga. Ko e tokolahi ‘o kinautolu ko e kau ngaue ‘i lalo taha he ngaue fakapule’anga, ‘a ia ‘oku hiki hake honau Vāhenga ki he Vāhenga ma’ulalo taha ko e $6,720 pea mo e $7,560 ki he ta’u.

      Lolotonga ‘a e faka’ata ke fai mai ha ngaahi launga ki ha ngaahi ta’efiemalie mo ha hoha’a ki he Vāhenga, na’e ‘omai ai ki he Komisoni ‘a e Kau Ngaue Fakapule’anga ‘a e launga ‘e 821 (23%). Ko e lahi taha e ngaahi launga ko eni, ko e lāunga mei he kau Toketa mo e kau Neesi ‘o e Potungaue Mo’ui, pea pehe ki he kau ngaue ‘i he ngaahi potungaue kehe pe. Na’a nau fakaha ai ‘a e pehee ‘oku ‘ikai fe’unga honau Vāhenga ki he ngaue ‘oku nau fai pea ‘oku totonu ke toe

      fakamahu’inga’i fo’ou honau ngaahi lakanga. Ko e launga ‘e 137 na’e tali ia ‘e he Ma’u Mafai Vāhenga pea mo e Komisoni ‘a e Kau Ngaue Fakapule’anga pea ‘ikai tali ‘a e launga ‘e 684. ‘E toki lipooti ‘e he Komisoni ki he ngaahi Potungaue ‘a e ola ‘o e ngaue ki he ngaahi launga ko eni. ‘Oku ‘omai ‘e he fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou ‘a e faingamalie ke toe siofi fakata’u ha ngaahi launga ‘e fakahu mai ‘e he kau ngaue ki he Komisoni.

      Na’e ‘ikai ke tali ‘e he Kapineti ‘a e fokotu’u ‘a e Ma’u Mafai Vāhengá ke hiki ‘a e tefito’i vāhenga ‘o e Palēmia mei he $94,500 ‘i he 2014 ki he $100,000. Ko e tu’utu’uni ‘a e Kapineti ke tu’uma’u pe tefito’I vāhenga ‘o e Palēmia ‘i he tu’unga lolotonga, ko e $95,400. Ko e tu’utu’uni ko ‘ení ke fakahoko tatau ki he hou’eiki Minisitā kotoa, ke nau tu’uma’u pē honau tu’unga vāhenga lolotongá. Ko e COLA peseti 5 ko ia ‘a e kotoa e kau ngāue fakapule’angá ‘i Tisema 2015, na’e ‘ikai ke kau ki ai ‘a e hou’eiki Minisitā.

      Faka’osi, ko e liliu ko ia ki he fa’unga vāhenga fo’oú, ko e ngāue ia na’e fai mai he ngaahi ta’u lahi. Na’e fai ‘a e ngāue‘i he 2005 ke fakafo’ou ‘a e fa’unga vāhenga, ka na’e iku ia ki he tukungāue ‘a e kau ngaue fakapule’anga, pea toe toloi ai ‘a e ngaue ko ia.

      Ko hono tali ko eni ‘a e fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou, ko e makamaile ia ‘i he feinga ‘a e Pule’anga ke fakafo’ou mo fakalelei’i ‘a e fakahoko fatongia ‘a e kau ngaue ki he kakai ‘o e fonua. Ko hono tali ko eni ‘e he Kapineti ke fakahokó ‘a e fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou, ko e kamata’anga ia ‘o ha ‘epoki fo’ou ki hono fakahoko leleiange ‘o e faifatongia.

      Ko eni kuo ‘i he fa’unga pe ‘e taha ‘a e kotoa ‘o e kau ngaue fakapule’angá, mei he Palemia ki he tokotaha tauhifalé, ko e me’a leva ke siofi he taimi ni, ko e nga‘unu ki he faifatongia ‘oku toe leleiange ki he kakaí. ‘E makatu’unga ha toe hiki ‘o e Vāhenga ‘i he tu’unga lelei hono fakahoko ‘o e fatongia, kae ‘ikai ko ha hiki fakata’u pe hangē ko e founga motu’á.

      ‘E hokohoko atu ‘a e ngaue fakataha ‘a e Komisoni ki he Kau Ngaue Fakapule’anga, mo e Ma’u Mafai Vāhenga pea mo e ngaahi kupu fekau’aki ke fakahoko lelei ‘a e fokotu’utu’u ki he fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou. ‘Oku fakataumu’a ‘a e ngaue ko eni ke toe leleiange, taliui pea ola leleiange ‘a e fakahoko fatongia ‘a e kau ngaue ki he kakai ‘o e fonua.

      ‘E ‘oatu ‘a e ngaahi fakaikiiki kehe ki he ngaue ko eni ‘i ha ngaahi polokalama ‘a e PSC mo e Ma’u Mafai Vāhenga ‘i he televisone mo e letio ‘i he uike ni. ‘E tuku atu ‘a e lipooti ki he fa’unga Vāhenga fo’ou ‘i he website ‘a e PSC (www.psc.gov.to).

      Ki ha toe fakamatala, kataki fetu’utaki ki he:

      1. ‘Ofisi ‘o e Ma’u Mafai Vāhenga ‘i he telefoni 28703 pe ko e fetu’utaki ki he ‘imeili: remunerationauthority.tonga@gmail.com
      2. Komisoni ‘a e Kau Ngaue Fakapule’anga ‘i he telefoni 25770

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