26 Oct 2018

Strike planned to hit New Caledonia airports from Wednesday

2:16 pm on 26 October 2018

Striking firefighters in New Caledonia are being joined by unionised white collar officials in a bid to cripple aviation from Wednesday.

The air traffic control tower at the Noumea's Magenta airport.

The air traffic control tower at the Noumea's Magenta airport. Photo: AFP

A protracted dispute over how to organise the fire service has escalated after the President Philippe Germain ruled out a restructure demanded by some firefighters.

Claiming the death of their profession, dozens of them lay down outside the seat of government after carrying a coffin to the site.

Several unions now say they will back an unlimited general strike at the airports from Wednesday - four days before New Caledonians are called to vote in a referendum on independence.

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