10 Jun 2002

Two-week strike at RFO New Caledonia settled

8:41 am on 10 June 2002

A two-week strike has ended at New Caledonia's public broadcaster, RFO, and normal news broadcasts are due to resume this morning.

The French news agency, AFP, reports that the strike was triggered by complaints over technical problems and followed a two day stoppage a month ago.

Details of the settlement are not known but it came after tense negotiations which coincided with election day.

Campainging was marred by the absence of any local new coverage while feeds from France were maintained.

The French minister in charge of overseas territories, as well as several candidates in New Caledonia dcried the prolonged strike, describing it as unacceptable.