13 May 2013

Incoming Tahiti government promises unemployment benefits

5:07 am on 13 May 2013

The incoming French Polynesian government says it will give money to the unemployed as promised in the lead-up to the territorial election.

The territory has had no unemployment benefits, with joblessness running at an estimated 30 percent.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The leader of the Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party and likely the president by the end of this week, Gaston Flosse, says those without work in the age group 18 to 30 will get 870 US dollars a month. And he says those above 30 will be given just under 1,100 dollars a month. Making the announcement on Tahiti Nui TV, he says to put the scheme in place and to help the most deprived, big business will be taxed. Mr Flosse's party won the biggest election victory in its history, securing double the number of seats of the opposition parties combined."