23 Jan 2009

New Caledonia strike figures plummet

4:01 pm on 23 January 2009

Figures released in New Caledonia show that there has been a sharp drop in the number of strikes.

Noumea's daily newspaper says last year just under 8,000 working days were lost to the economy which marks a drop to a quarter of what was experienced in 2006.

The figures also show that 1,200 people were involved in last year's strikes while in 2006, 11 times more people had been on strike.

The newspaper attributes the drop to an improved dialogue and the systematic police intervention in any case of illegal blockades.

The 2006 figures were extremely high in the French context, when New Caledonia's per capita strike rate was 200 times higher than in France and losses were calculated to be 800 times higher than in France.