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There are no formalised trade unions in Tonga, although the 1964 Act of Parliament provides the legislation needed for unions to be formed (2009). Employers and employees in the private sector negotiate directly in order to establish working conditions and discuss salaries. Although Tonga does not have any formal unions in place the Public Servants Association operates as a the de facto union for public servants and more recently the Friendly Islands Teacher’s Association (FITA) acts as a de facto union for teachers. New Zealand has helped establish the Tonga Nurses Association which is a union for Tongan nurses in New Zealand.