14 Jun 2010

Tahiti airport strike in fourth day

12:31 pm on 14 June 2010

A strike by a handful of firefighters at French Polynesia's international airport is putting international air travel on hold for a fourth day.

All flights for the day have been cancelled, with some services being delayed by two days amid hopes that negotiations will succeed.

One of the strike's aims is to get an unemployment insurance scheme set up to cope with the thousands of people losing their jobs.

But the publisher of the Tahiti Pacifique monthly, Alex du Prel, says while the action is targetting key places in Tahiti few people have joined in.

"This strike was supposed to be a general strike and how many did strike? 17 percent of state employees and seven percent of territorial government employees. So the strike was a total failure. If we have a blockage it is because of the egos of the union people who called for this general strike."

Alex du Prel.

Domestic flights are not hit by the strike.