31 Dec 2010

Communications drive as French Polynesia public service cuts loom

8:49 am on 31 December 2010

The French Polynesian president has launched an internet publication aimed at briefing public servants about impending cuts.

He says the territory has reached a crossroads and it has to rethink its entire public service.

Walter Zweifel reports

"Gaston Tong Sang says at the beginning of next year, the general public will be asked about how the public service can do better with less, restating that 30 percent of its expenses have to be cut. Apart from teachers, the public service has 7,800 staff who Mr Tong Sang now asks to join in what he calls a revolution that questions what and how things are done. He says everybody has a role to play as the reforms will affect their work place and career prospects. The plan is also to replace no more than half the staff who retire. Mr Tong Sang says there is no alternative to the reforms."