8 Dec 2017

New Caledonia pensioners rally over high cost of living

12:45 pm on 8 December 2017

Disgruntled pensioners in New Caledonia have taken to the streets for a second time in two months to protest against the high cost of living.

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They have rallied outside the seat of government in Noumea, saying they feared for their pensions and want rebates to help defray costs.

In October, about 400 people, representing five organisations, gathered outside Congress to remind politicians of their problems which they said were being ignored.

They want the government to grant them price concessions on transport and utilities to cope with the high cost of living.

The new minister for social affairs Christopher Gyges received the protestors and a meeting will be held in the week before Christmas.

There are about 35,000 pensioners in the territory, with many saying they are struggling.