18 May 2013

New Caledonia general strike set to last until prices drop

9:16 am on 18 May 2013

A general strike by most New Caledonian unions is now in its fourth day, with the unions behind it saying it will last until prices have been lowered.

Friday's action has again been aimed at high supermarket prices which the unions say are inflated by excessive margins.

Reports say road blocks in the far north of the main island have led to fuel shortages

There have been few disruptions to public life has been limited, although Thursday's Australia-bound flights were cancelled.

On Wednesday, 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.