19 Apr 2006

New Caledonia to face one-day public servants' strike

4:17 pm on 19 April 2006

Various unions in New Caledonia are expected to go on a 24-hour strike tomorrow to show their dissatisfaction with the high cost of living in the territory.

The strike will involve public servants and the USOENC union and affect the international airport in Noumea as well as various businesses.

The action has forced New Caledonian airline Air Calin to cancel tomorrow's flights between Noumea and Sydney.

But Air Calin president and CEO, Jean-Michel Masson, says it will not affect flights between Noumea and Auckland as the airport will operate at a minimum level.