11 Jun 2010

Disruptions in French Polynesia as strikes begin

10:05 am on 11 June 2010

There are disruptions in French Polynesia as a threatened general strike appears to be followed by some groups.

Reports say the port in Papeete has been blocked, preventing sailings between Tahiti and Moorea.

The reports say a group has also gathered at the international airport but there is no indication that flights will be disturbed.

The action follows yesterday's meetings of union leaders with the authorities over what they say is the territory's political, economic and moral crisis.

The unions demand the creation of an unemployment insurance in the face of thousands of job losses.

According to press reports, church leaders say the general public can no longer tolerate to be taken hostage by a strategy of irresponsible blockades.

The churches also say they don't support the politicians' inaction in the face of a system that is about to die.