14 Oct 2011

French Polynesia capital hit by strikes

1:09 pm on 14 October 2011

A number of strikes have been started in the French Polynesian capital Papeete, mainly affecting the port.

The port police has begun a strike in an attempt to be paid the allowances agreed to last year.

Stevedoring staff have also laid down tools in protests at failing to get a pay rise in three years.

This comes as fishermen are again lining up their vessels again at the entry to Tahiti's port after a partial blockade earlier this week.

In the city, workers have partly blocked a key street in Papeete in protest at not being paid for months for construction jobs at the new hospital.

Members of the SMPP-SOGEBA union were promised to be paid after a court ruled last week that the government release 2.3 million US dollars in money owed to their employer.

The workers also blocked the access to the assembly building, delaying the opening of today's session.