19 Aug 2009

French Polynesia strike ends after fresh talks

5:21 pm on 19 August 2009

The unlimited strike begun in French Polynesia this morning over the high cost of living has ended.

The leader of the Atia i Mua union, Jean-Marie Yan Tu, says the action is over after finding agreement with the government on the 14 claims at the heart of the strike.

Mr Yan Tu made the announcement on television after the main unions ended a second day of talks.

He says the government, which controls fuel and utility prices, undertook to desist from any hikes this year.

The strike call had been followed by about 700 people who marched to the territorial assembly.

Although all main unions had been behind the action, many employees ignored the call and some government departments said there was not a single person on strike.