14 Jun 2016

Public servants on Wallis and Futuna threaten strike

2:10 pm on 14 June 2016
Mata'Utu cathedral next to the Sagato Soane Palace.

Mata'Utu cathedral next to the Sagato Soane Palace. Photo: RNZI / Vinnie Wylie

Government employees in Wallis and Futuna are threatening to go on strike if the government doesn't resolve a festering job dispute.

An agreement was reached in 2014 to end a three-week long public sector strike over the status of territorial officials in the service of the French state.

But the territory's public broadcaster says little progress has been made on the agreement since then, and more than a hundred employees met at the fale of the republic yesterday to discuss this.

When he visited in February, the French president, François Hollande, pledged to help resolve the dispute over status and wages in the public service.

A union spokesperson told the broadcaster that rallies are planned for tomorrow.