26 Mar 2008

Talks to resume to end French Polynesia strike

3:47 pm on 26 March 2008

Talks are set to resume in French Polynesia today in a bid to end a 12-day strike that has led to a fuel shortage.

The President, Gaston Flosse, has called a meeting at the presidency tonight to mediate between the unionists and the fuel supply companies.

He has also called on the French state to intervene to ensure that a tanker which has been off Tahiti can offload its cargo.

An employers' representative says if the ship heads back to Singapore without resupplying Tahiti, the territory will enter an economic and social crisis.

Petrol stations, bakeries as well as school transport have been affected by the strike.

Talks were suspended before Easter with the two sides reportedly being far from finding a compromise.