16 Aug 2005

French Polynesia education sector strike averted

9:04 pm on 16 August 2005

French Polynesia's education minister and the teachers' union have signed an agreement that averts a planned strike this week.

The Tahitipresse news agency reports that the agreement was reached after three days of talks involving the minister, Jean-Marius Raapoto, and the secretary general of the STIP union, Marc Ploton.

The union's threat was to prevent the planned start of the school year later this year after the union refused to accept changes to the school calendar.

The minister backed down and the end of next year's main holiday will again be as before in the middle of August.

The agreement covers 13 points and stipulates that the two sides will meet at least once every trimester to check on how the deal is being implemented.