3 Dec 2005

No deal after talks between strikers and French Polynesia president

8:11 am on 3 December 2005

Reports from Tahiti say talks between the French Polynesian president, Oscar Temaru, and delegates from striking trade unions, have broken up without agreement.

The news agency, Associated Press, reports Mr Temaru negotiated for four hours yesterday evening but the strikers have decided to hold a third day of action today.

The union which represents 80 per cent of workers in the territory is protesting against planned changes to social security contributions.

More than a thousand strikers are said to have gathered at the territorial assembly complex yesterday to try to increase the pressure on the government.