17 May 2013

New Caledonia general strike to last until prices drop

3:23 pm on 17 May 2013

A general strike by most New Caledonian unions has entered a third day, with the unions behind it saying it will last until prices have been lowered.

Today's action is again aimed at high supermarket prices which the unions say are inflated by excessive margins.

There have been a few blockafes but disruption to public life has been limited, although yesterday's Australia-bound flights were cancelled.

Two days ago, thousands of people staged a march to the seat of government amid accusations by the unions that politicians have failed to reform the economy and implement agreed measures aimed at cutting prices.

The president, Harold Martin, has called a meeting with the major wholesalers and importers to ask them to consider dropping their prices.