16 Aug 2013

Prolonged Tahiti port strike unresolved

4:53 am on 16 August 2013

A port strike in French Polynesia is about to enter its third week, with no resolution in sight.

About 2,000 containers are now stacked in Papeete, waiting to be cleared amid estimates that the stoppage has caused more than two million US dollars a day in losses to the local economy.

The dispute is centered on workers' demands for more safety.

Some containers with perishable goods and medicines have been released, prompting the presidency to accuse a union leader, Patrick Galenon, of being self-serving because some merchandise was for his son's business.

Mr Galenon has rejected the statement a ridiculous.