Gen­eral strike in French Poly­ne­sia averted

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Papeete:

A gen­eral strike has been averted in French Poly­ne­sia af­ter unions and the govern­ment signed an ac­cord on Sun­day night. The unions had is­sued a strike notice nearly a week ago and were poised to start their stop­page at mid­night tonight. They had listed ten points to be ad­dressed in re­sponse to massive job cuts and the loss of pur­chas­ing power since the great fi­nan­cial cri­sis.

Af­ter days of ne­go­ti­a­tions, it was agreed that so­cial se­cu­rity pro­vi­sions would be dis­cussed in two meet­ings a week un­til the end of June. A key con­cern is the vi­a­bil­ity of the pen­sion funds. Hun­dreds of port work­ers, how­ever, were sched­uled to go on strike at mid­night over a list of sep­a­rate is­sues.

Air Tahiti staff have is­sued a strike notice in a bid to pre­serve jobs as the do­mes­tic air­line is try­ing to cope with a sharp drop in the num­ber of cus­tomers.

RNZI

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