10 Jun 2010

Negotiations resume in French Polynesia in a bid to avert general strike

11:27 am on 10 June 2010

Negotiations are to resume in French Polynesia today in a bid to avert a general strike scheduled for tomorrow.

The strike was called last week by a collective made up of 11 groups, which wants to alert the political class and the French government to the seriousness of the political, economic and moral crisis.

Yesterday's discussions were open to the media, with the unions demanding the creation of an unemployment insurance.

More talks are expected today.

Basic health care will be assured but the hospital workers union says the misery in the territory is deepening as everybody fears that if nothing is done, Papeete will be destroyed as it was in the riots of the 1980s and 1990s.

The education minister says if the strike goes ahead, the school exams are likely to be delayed.