28 Oct 2008

French Polynesia's public servants protest against French pension reform

2:48 pm on 28 October 2008

More than 1,000 public sector employees have joined the latest protest in French Polynesia against the French pension reforms.

This comes after a mass rally earlier this month to oppose a decision in Paris to cut the benefits accorded to retirees in overseas territories that were put in place in the 1950s as part of a colonial incentive and compensation scheme.

Today's protest has involved a sit-in in Papeete and a march to the French high commission as well as to the territorial president's office.

The territorial assembly passed a resolution asking for a moratorium on the reform while in Paris, the government approved the reform which is to be endorsed by the legislature.

The French Polynesian president, Gaston Tong Sang, says he has written a letter to Paris, and says the brutality of the reform is scary.

He says it has the potential to throw the public service into disarray.