26 Jun 2015

Call for "common sense" after attack and strikes on Wallis

2:59 pm on 26 June 2015
Wallis & Futuna

Wallis & Futuna Photo: AFP

Authorities in Wallis and Futuna have called for common sense following tension at the Futuna hospital and Wallis' public high school.

A third of the staff at the hospital have been on strike for the past two weeks over development plans and issues around retaining doctors and nurses.

Residents in the small French territory say the hospital director has been forced to leave Futuna under pressure from traditional leaders.

The High Administrator of the French territory, Marcel Renouf says a labour inspector sent to mediate was attacked and beaten earlier this week by several people.

Mr Renouf appeared on local television appealing for all involved to sit down and talk.

Parents of students at the Wallis high school have called for the principal to go after several fights at the school.

The French government has sent an education inspector to check out the school.