25 Mar 2014

French Polynesian workers maintain strike pending meeting with President

7:25 pm on 25 March 2014

Municipal workers on strike in French Polynesia are set to continue, pending a meeting with the President tomorrow.

The workers are reacting against new rules imposed by the French government, that effectively enforces municipal employees to have a higher level of qualifications, and rules out family members being appointed.

They say the rules are ridiculous as in some smaller communities there are no other choices apart from relatives.

The striking workers make this weekend's second round of mayoral elections another test of patience, after long queues at the booths last weekend.

The publisher of the Tahiti-Pacifique monthly, Alex du Prel, says the president, Gaston Flosse, has cancelled meetings and vows he will meet workers tomorrow, but he doesn't have the power to change the rules.

"You know only God knows if there's going to be a meeting, but like I said, Mr Flosse cannot do much because these laws are imposed by Paris and he has no way to change them whatsoever."

The publisher of the Tahiti-Pacifique monthly, Alex du Prel.