21 Jun 2010

French Polynesia Human Rights League enters unemployment debate

12:24 pm on 21 June 2010

French Polynesia's Human Rights League has strongly criticised the agreement reached last week to settle a general strike, describing aspects of it as swindle.

The settlement calls for the International Labour Organisation to be consulted t o explore the feasibility of an unemployment insurance in order to cope with the impact of massive job losses in the territory.

In a statement, the League says a labour law passed in 1986 already stipulates that assistance has to be provided to those who involuntarily lose their job.

It says this right has been denied by both the government and the unions for 25 years and continues to be ignored by both sides.

The five-day strike was called for action to be taken to safeguard jobs.