20 May 2013

New Caledonia protest affects flights

6:35 am on 20 May 2013

Domestic flights in New Caledonia will continue to be disrupted until at least tomorrow [ tue ] as a result of a general strike against the high cost of living launched last Wednesday."

On Friday, the ongoing marches and blockades of key supermarkets prompted the government to announce the abolition of tariffs on goods from non-European Union countries, in particular food stuffs imported from Australia and New Zealand.

The union grouping behind te strike says it wants to see details of when these measures take effect.

Thousands of people marched to the seat of government last week amid accusations by the union that politicians have failed to reform the economy and implement agreed measures.

Strikers also cut road access to the north of the main island, where some petrol stations ran out out of fuel.