3 Oct 2007

Paris court annuls French Polynesian law on union representation

2:42 pm on 3 October 2007

The French supreme court has annulled a French Polynesian law on union representation because of procedural shortcomings.

The decision in Paris comes after the law, known as the Sommers Law, was promulgated and published in the official journal of French Polynesia.

The law was resisted by several unions which in late 2005 blockaded key roads in Tahiti in a protest backed by fishermen and the former GIP intervention force that was loyal to the opposition of the day.

But now the court found that the assembly fell short of its obligation to complete debates on the proposed change as outlined under the relevant organic law.

Eugene Sommers, who was behind the union reform, says he will ask his party to resubmit the proposal.