24 Oct 2006

New Caledonian govt says CSTNC strike is not having impacting economy

11:44 am on 24 October 2006

The New Caledonian government says the five-week long CSTNC strike is not having too much impact on the territory's overall economy, although its two major mining companies have experienced great losses.

The union wants all Filipinos employed by the Goro Nickel mining company to leave the territory, and the government to resign.

The SLN mining company was the worst hit by the strike, losing an estimated one million US dollars a day.

Police say there are no new blockades yesterday, but one out of four SLN mines in the north is still blocked, while the Goro Nickel mining company says it is operating normally again after it had to cut down its workforce on site by a third.

A government spokesperson says the strike action did not affect many enterprises, apart from SLN and Goro Nickel.

She says the government is planning no talks with the union as its demands are unacceptable and is expecting the strike to end soon.