Hotels strikes in French Polynesia set to spread

7:43 am on 25 November 2019

Six unions in French Polynesia have issued a joint strike notice for Thursday targeting the territory's four InterContinental hotels in what they call a general strike.

One of the unions, O Oe To Oe Rima launched a fresh strike at the Intercontinental Hotel Moorea last week in a bid to reinstate four sacked men who had already been at the centre of a 45-day strike begun in August.

The new strike notice is for an open-ended period of time and concerns employment conditions at the hotels on Bora Bora, on Tahiti as well as the top resort on Tetiaroa, The Brando.

Tahiti fish market

Photo: RNZI/ Walter Zweifel

The extended strike is also suspected to impact a broad range of businesses.

O Oe To Oe Rima has described the situation at the Moorea hotel as unacceptable.

The four staff were dismissed after a female employee reported they had raped her months earlier.

A police investigation has since failed to establish any wrongdoing and the case has been closed.

However, the hotel is refusing to re-employ them, saying they were sacked because of sexual harassment.

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