3 Mar 2008

No end in sight in lengthy strike in New Caledonia

4:41 pm on 3 March 2008

There is no resolution in sight in a 5-month long strike by the New Caledianian Union of Exploited and Kanak Workers, involving the Car Sud bus company.

The union started its action because the bus company dismissed one of its members and the union called for his reinstatement.

The strike turned violent in January and 14 unionists were jailed but have since been released..

Our Noumea correspondent, Claudine Wery, says the union is still calling on the bus company to re-employ the man, but Car Sud refuses to do so.

She says on Friday police broke up a union blockade, but the situation has quietened down today.

"This morning, there were no policemen around the terminal at Car Sud, there were only a few strikers present near the society where they have built a small shell. So this morning the situation was pretty quiet."

Claudine Wery says the unionists arrested in January will go to court on March 25.