22 Nov 2005

Strike and blockades in New Caledonia force SLN nickel company to re-hire sacked workers - report

2:23 pm on 22 November 2005

Reports from New Caledonia say the SLN nickel company has agreed to reinstate two sacked workers after striking workers blockaded the SLN nickel company in Noumea as well as some of its mines.

Media reports say a tentative agreement was reached during talks at the French high commission although no details were given as to when the two would be re-employed and where they would work.

This comes after an indefinite strike by a union group led by Sylvain Nea who launched the action at the beginning of last week.

Last week, SLN had broken off talks after a manager was assaulted.

The protest by hundreds of workers has led to repeated and massive disruptions to the traffic in Noumea and blockades of SLN mining sites.

Although the sackings had been declared legal, the security forces have not intervened against those burning tyres and blocking roads.

The SLN smelter is also blockaded.