10 Jul 2006

New Caledonians to meet Maersk over Noumea port dispute

3:23 pm on 10 July 2006

The New Caledonian Kanak USTKE union says it will meet representatives of the multi-national Maersk company in Sydney next week in a bid to resolve the Noumea port dispute.

USTKE argues that multi-national shipping companies setting up services to Noumea will harm other businesses and has asked for a quota system for cargo being unloaded.

An agreement has been signed with the global Mediterranean Shipping Company, and union representative, Pierre Chauvat, says he expects to sign a similar agreement with Maersk next week.

Mr Chauvat says he will join the union president and the managing director of Manutrans for talks at the Maersk head office.

"We should have had a meeting in Sydney this Wednesday, but it was postponed to Wednesday next week in Sydney. We just had a confirmation of this meeting and therefore we will see Maersk next week."

USTKE representative, Pierre Chauvat.