10 Oct 2006

New Caledonia's main party calls on France to intervene in strike action

6:29 am on 10 October 2006

New Caledonia's main party, the Future Together, has called on France to intervene in the continued strike and blockades of the CSTNC union that has crippled the main private sector employer, the SLN nickel company.

The CSTNC strike, which is in its third week, is to back demands for the withdrawal of all Filipino workers at the Goro Nickel company's construction site in the territory's south, the resignation of the territorial government and the lowering of prices.

The Future Together leaders want the French state to end the blockade of the SLN plant which has been virtually shut down as CSTNC members refuse access to its smelter.

The president of the territorial congress, Harold Martin, ays thing cannot go on like this as New Caledonia is not a jungle.

The head of SLN says the situation is incomprehensible as SLN has nothing to do with the CSNTC demands.

SLN has already incurred more than ten million US dollars in losses as a result of the latest union action.