11 Apr 2008

New Caledonia union action broken up by police

9:06 am on 11 April 2008

Police in New Caledonia forcibly removed striking union activists who blocked entry to more than two dozen businesses yesterday.

Members of USTKE, the union representing New Caledonia's indigenous Kanak population, were protesting for the right to strike, after several members were punished for participating in previous work stoppages.

At least 1,500 people were prevented from getting to work yesterday by the union action.

In January, about 30 people were hurt in Noumea in clashes that erupted when police used tear gas and rubber bullets to break up a strike by transport workers.