15 Aug 2002

Newspaper strike threatened at French Polynesia's two dailies

4:13 pm on 15 August 2002

Union members at French Polynesia two daily newspapers have threatened an unlimited strike from Monday in a bid to improve pay and conditions.

A report by the news agency, AFP, says 160 staff, including 20 journalists, are to walk off the job at the Depeche de Tahiti and Nouvelles de Tahiti.

The action coincides with the planned arrival of the French minister in charge of overseas territories and increased advertising because of the beginning of the school year.

A union leader, Jean-Luc Massinon, says the strike has been timed this way because their claims are basic.

The two papers are among the most profitable publications of the French Hersant group.