16 Jun 2010

ILO to advise French Polynesia about unemployment insurance

3:07 pm on 16 June 2010

French Polynesia plans to approach the International Labour Organisation to explore a way of setting up an unemployment insurance.

This follows an accord which ended a five-day general strike that cut international air travel form and to Tahiti for thousands of passengers.

The strikers wanted an insurance scheme to be put in place as thousands of people have lost their jobs in the recent economic decline.

Such an insurance is in place in France but its provisions don't apply to French Polynesia.

French Polynesia's president, Gaston Tong Sang, has asked France for help to change the economy which he says for too long relied on nuclear weapons testing.

The tourism minister says the strike cost about 10 million US dollars in lost revenue.