New Caledonia's Goro Nickel company says they have briefed their employees about lay-off options while they are out of work and have offered them different solutions.
Goro Nickel shut down operations on the two billion US dollar project last week after massive vandalism by Kanaks opposed to aspects of it.
Goro Nickel's spokesperson, Catherine Guillaume, says they want the project to go ahead and are looking for short term solutions for their employees.
"We are working on many options for people who cannot go to work. First option is paid holidays, second option is training, so for many some prople we can organise that and the third option is working in a different area somewhere in Noumea we can find an office for some people."
Ms Guillaume says the company is not ready to re-open the plant at present, but is available for talks with all stakeholders to find a long term solution.
Last Friday's roundtable talks sponsored by the French government were unsuccesful after representatives of the Kanak activist group walked out, saying the meeting was pointless.