25 Nov 2005

French Polynesian unions plan unlimited general strike from December 1st

3:07 pm on 25 November 2005

Unions in French Polynesia are set to take to the streets in the middle of next week as part of an unlimited general strike over the government's fiscal programme.

The unions firmed up their opposition to the programme by voting for an official notice after the government declined to reconsider its position.

The government wants to change the social security system and raise some contributions.

The proposal has also prompted the head of the social security organisations to warn the government that they may resign over the matter.

The vice-president, Jacqui Drollet, says he is prepared to talk to the unions and doubts the issue will lead to a social conflict.

A small opposition party outside parliament, Te Avei'a, has warned that a general strike on December the 1st poses a major social and economic risk to French Polynesia.