11 Nov 2004

French Polynesia strike partially ended

7:00 pm on 11 November 2004

A general strike in French Polynesia has been in part called off.

The O Oe To Oe Rima union has ended its protest in most sectors but has decided to maintain the work stoppage at hotels and some businesses.

The union's secretary, Ronald Terorotua, has told the Tahitipresse news agency that a union meeting has agreed to lift some of the strike in a bid to see if talks with employers and the government are possible.

The labour dispute comes amid a political crisis which has disrupted the public service split by the claim of two rival governments to be in power.

The union has called for a nearly 50 percent increase in the minimum wage after President Gaston Flosse told the assembly last month that he would raise it by 15 percent by the beginning of next month.

The ousted Oscar Temaru-led administration had planned to raise the minimum wage gradually.