7 Jun 2010

General strike called in French Polynesia

3:53 pm on 7 June 2010

Unions in French Polynesia have given notice for a general strike in three days.

A collective made up of 11 groups says it is taking the action to alert the political class and the French government to the seriousness of the political, economic and moral crisis.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"A spokesman for the grouping says 9,000 jobs have been lost in two years, the economy is about to collapse and soon 70,000 people in French Polynesia will be below the poverty line. He says the state is cutting pensions of public servants and the military is packing up, which shows that financially France is losing interest in French Polynesia. The group has called on France to honour its commitments and to reimburse the health care costs of those needing treatment because of exposure to the nuclear weapons tests. The general strike is set to coincide with the day of the French national school exams."