Printer in Tahiti has no intention of hiring staff from rival newspaper

9:34 am on 25 November 2017

The French Polynesian printing shop used to produce the territory's free daily paper says it has no intention of hiring staff from the rival newspaper La Depeche de Tahiti.

Pacific Press issued the statement amid a strike at La Depeche where workers fear significant job losses over plans to shut its printing shop and shift production to Pacific Press.

Workers walked off their job at midnight when half of Friday's edition had been printed.

La Depeche, which is now the territory's oldest newspaper, said it had to make changes to remain economically viable.

Pacific Press said it had made business offers related to printing publications but they exclude hiring staff.

Three years ago, Les Nouvelles de Tahiti ceased publication after being placed in voluntary liquidation.