18 Oct 2006

First meeting in French Polynesia to end blockades and strikes

2:44 pm on 18 October 2006

A first meeting has been held in French Polynesia today in a bid to end the strike and road blocks which have crippled the capital, Papeete, for much of the past week.

A delegate for those on strike has met the public works minister to hammer out an agenda aimed at settling the dispute which began last week when one union blocked the road access to the city.

The French high commission urged the government to open talks with the union while the government asked the high commission to uphold the rule of law and break up the road blocks.

Two of the five road blocks have been lifted and schools have reopened.

The O Oe To Oe Rima union has said the strike is against the high cost of living.