1 Jun 2006

Major unions in French Polynesia call strike action

5:41 am on 1 June 2006

Major unions in French Polynesia have called a general strike tomorrow.

The action was first called over a territorial law on union representation but the unions now say it's against the high cost of living.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The unions' decision appears to be firm, with one leader, Jean-Marie Yan Tu, telling local RFO radio that blockades will be a certainty. The education minister has warned that this could wreck the final exams of 2500 high school students who need to sit the standard French tests. Journalist Alex du Prel says the planned strike is seen as a political move. No more negotiations are planned and the strike is set to start at midnight tonight."