18 Jan 2006

French Polynesia to curb employment of outsiders

2:17 pm on 18 January 2006

Reports from French Polynesia say the territorial government is drafting a bill aimed at protecting local employees by restricting the hiring of workers from France and other countries.

The daily newspaper La Depeche de Tahiti reports that a minimum residence duration would be introduced before employment could be taken up.

The paper says there are also plans to reserve some positions for locals in a bid to raise the profile and representation of French Polynesian people.

A bill to that effect may be tabled this year.

Another French Pacific territory, New Caledonia, has put in place such restrictions in response to concerns from indigenous Kanaks.