7 Mar 2018

Unions in Tahiti to strike over government pension reform

10:29 am on 7 March 2018

Unions in French Polynesia are today holding a general strike in a bid to stop the government's pension reform.

French Polynesia's president Edouard Fritch

Edouard Fritch Photo: AFP

A union umbrella group is planning to gather outside the territorial assembly to demand that the reform plan be abandoned.

Its leaders are due to meet the assembly president Marcel Tuihani, the French High Commissioner Rene Bidal and the president Edouard Fritch.

The stoppage was planned two days before the assembly was due to approve the reform which would hike the retirement age from 60 to 62.

The government said it had no option but to change the eligibility criteria to secure the system's survival.

The pension issue has been made a campaign issue by the opposition Tahoeraa Huiraatira party which is running in the April election on a platform of promising to keep the retirement age unchanged.

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