23 May 2012

High cost of living prompts New Caledonia march

4:08 pm on 23 May 2012

Two unions in New Caledonia have broken ranks and mobilised about 1,000 supporters to march against the high cost of living.

This comes after last month's ultimatum by the union movement to the government, demanding it announce significant measures by the end of the month, including lower fuel costs.

A year ago, nearly 25,000 people took to the streets in an unprecedented territory-wide action to push for economic reforms and lower costs.

A Congress committee has since been looking at ways to lower living costs as has a team of French experts that has been examining the perceived lack of competition.

Government leaders have defended their efforts, saying work has been progressing and announcements are due within the next few days.