10 Jul 2012

French teachers strike in Vanuatu

12:57 pm on 10 July 2012

Eleven French teachers at Vanuatu's French school have gone on strike over financial issues.

The school in Port Vila is owned by the French government and caters for French nationals wishing to have their children follow the same curriculum as in France and other French territories.

The strike is over the increase in the cost of living in Port Vila in the past five years, the impact of a falling exchange rate and the higher tuition fees for the teachers' children.

They say their employer, the Agency for French Education in Foreign Countries, has failed to consider their concerns and continued to lower their salaries.

Vanuatu is a multi-lingual country and has its own francophone curriculum.