13 Sep 2004

New Caledonia newspaper strike enters second week

1:50 pm on 13 September 2004

A strike at New Caledonia's only daily newspaper is entering its second week.

Striking workers are blocking full access to the paper's premises in Noumea and the printing shop at Ducos.

The strike by 20 out of 150 workers is part of a bid to have a manager removed.

Efforts to mediate have so far been unsuccessful.

A court order last Friday to grant access to the paper has been ignored by the striking workers.

The Nouvelles Caledoniennes is restricted to publishing some of its information on the internet and via a radio station.