15 Aug 2013

Tahiti port strike talks may resume

3:15 pm on 15 August 2013

Reports from French Polynesia say a fresh bid may be made today to hold talks aimed at ending a strike at the port of Papeete, which has lasted nearly two weeks.

The dispute is centered on workers' demands for more safety.

Negotiations have so far failed, with the government expressing its displeasure at the stoppage.

Despite the strike, port workers have released a number of containers with perishable goods in them.

The presidency issued a statement this week, accusing a union leader, Patrick Galenon, of being self-serving by allowing the release of containers needed for his son's business.

Mr Galenon has rejected the statement a ridiculous.

The French High Commissioner has rejected calls to intervene in the strike.