Civil Society Briefs: Tonga
Asian Development Bank | June 2017
Today, civil society in Tonga is a diverse and active space, with numerous formal and informal CSOs working across a range of sectors, in particular women’s rights, disability services, environment, youth services, primary service delivery (health, education, and sanitation), counselling, advocating for human rights and the rights of marginalized people, and monitoring of government and other groups. CSOs are organized across all strata of society, from the village level to the national level. One area where civil society has not flourished is in the development of trade unions. While the Constitution provides for freedom of association, the regulations for collective bargaining and registering trade unions was never promulgated. As such, there are no registered or official trade unions in Tonga. The Public Service Association, established at the beginning of the general strike in 2005, acts as a de facto trade union. The Friendly Islands Teachers Association and the Tonga Nurses Association (based in New Zealand) have been incorporated but are not registered trade unions.
CitationAsian Development Bank. 2017. Civil Society Briefs: Tonga. © Asian Development Bank. http://hdl.handle.net/11540/7766. License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.
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