Strike notice issued in French Polynesia

5:28 am on 17 September 2018

Several unions in French Polynesia have issued a strike notice in a bid to force the government to abandon its pension reform plan.

They say the general strike will begin on Wednesday if no agreement has been reached by then.

Edouard Fritch addresses the UN decolonisation debate

The government of Edouard Fritch is under pressure to drop its pension reform plans Photo: supplied / French Polynesian Presidency

Long discussions at the presidency yesterday failed to come to an accord.

In March, the government led by Edouard Fritch withdrew its reform plans when several demonstrators forced their way into the territorial assembly.

This coincided with a mass rally in Papeete attended by an estimated 4,000 people on the third day of a general strike.

Mr Fritch has said the reforms are needed to avoid bankrupting the entire system within a couple of years.

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