6 Oct 2008

French Polynesia union plans strike over proposed pension cuts

6:28 am on 6 October 2008

The French Polynesian A Tia I Mua union says its members will go on

strike from Thursday over French plans to cut retirement benefits.

The union has issued a statement, calling on public sector employees to meet in Papeete and march to the French high commission as the French government is to be given the reform package at this week's cabinet meeting.

Tahitipresse says the planned strike is also to coincide with the visit of the French junior minister in charge of overseas territories, Yves Jego, who is due in Tahiti the day after tomorrow.

The union also wants to meet Mr Jego during his four-day stay.

In July, he said the pension system would be reformed as it is unfair

that some French retirees can get top-ups worth up to US$64,000 on their annual pension if they move to Tahiti.