16 Aug 2004

General strike in French Polynesia averted

4:06 pm on 16 August 2004

French Polynesia's President Oscar Temaru and two of Tahiti's big labor unions have signed an agreement that will avoid a general strike due to get underway tomorrow.

The Tahitipresse news agency says talks have also been held with another union in an effort to settle a fuel strike.

There were no immediate reports of anyone running out of fuel.

But it's feared the longer the strike lasts the greater the problems will become.

The agreement already reached calls for the two unions, A Tia I Mua and the Confederation of Independent Unions, to lift their strike notice for some 100 targeted businesses.

For its part, the government reaffirmed its commitment not to challenge the employer-labor union management of the French Polynesian social security and welfare department.