PSI has recently been informed that the government has threatened to close down the Public Service Association (PSA) and that the Prime Minister and Minister of Justice have sued PSA’s General Secretary for defamation. In addition, in an interview with the radio, the Minister of Justice confirmed that the Cabinet will activate emergency powers to prevent public servants from exercising their constitutional rights.
PSI has written a letter to the Minister of Justice, the Hon. William Clive Edwards calling on him to withdraw all actions brought against union members for their strike activities and to immediately drop the charges against the PSA and its leaders. PSI also urges the government to follow the recommendations by the recent ILO mission and to respect fundamental workers’ rights for all workers in Tonga.
PSI and its affiliates worldwide are closely monitoring developments, and are ready to support the PSA in its fight.
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