A strike by French Polynesia's agency for families is set to continue for a second day as union leaders seek a meeting with the president Edouard Fritch.
Dozens of its social workers rallied outside the presidential palace yesterday but failed to see Mr Fritch to discuss their grievances.
They say they are overworked and lack recognition while families are at risk.
One protest banner said that the protection of children cannot be negotiated.
To add pressure on the government a march is planned in Papeete today.