7 Aug 2004

Striking French Polynesian social security workers start talks with manager

9:27 am on 7 August 2004

Striking social security and welfare workers in French Polynesia have entered negotiations with management.

The employees of Caisse de Prevoyance Sociale - CPS - have begun negotiations with the temporary head of CPS, Aline Sue, who was appointed by the new government.

Ms Sue replaced Maiana Bambridge who had been in the position since 1997, and who is reportedly taking her firing to court.

A workers' council representative told the Tahitipresse news agency the fact they were negotiating was a big advance, because the previous management refused to.

The representative also said, despite the talks, workers have not suspended their strike.

A skeleton staff is providing a basic service to the public, during the strike.