23 Mar 2016

Wallis airport employment deal struck

5:26 pm on 23 March 2016

An employment deal has been struck in Wallis and Futuna which has averted a new airport blockade.

The public broadcaster said the companies involved with the running of the airport would now give preference to local residents when job vacancies arose.

This was agreed after last year's blockade of the international airport when the airport company refused to hire two locals in return for the airport being allowed to operate on customary land.

The 11-day blockade ended when the judicial process against the chiefs involved in the blockade was abandoned and talks were launched to address the locals's grievances.

The public broadcaster said the arrangement signed by chiefs and the French prefect last week came amid fears of a new blockade.

The official flag of the French overseas territory of Wallis and Futuna.

The official flag of the French overseas territory of Wallis and Futuna. Photo: supplied