25 Jun 2002

New Caledonia teachers strike in second week

4:42 pm on 25 June 2002

A teachers strike in New Caledonia has entered its second week over planned changes of the health care system that will come into effect on July the 1st.

A report by the French news agency AFP says the strike initially affected only high schools but has now spread to some primary schools, which has left about 15-thousand children without instruction.

The strike by five education sector unions has continued despite an talks with the territorial government on Monday for working groups to look into some aspects of the reforms.

A demonstration is planned for tomorrow when the teachers are expected to be joined by others opposed to the new compulsory health insurance scheme.

The union members say their premiums will go up while the cover will be worse.