12 Aug 2017

New Caledonia pharmacist strike now off

10:12 am on 12 August 2017

Pharmacists in New Caledonia have suspended their planned general strike which was due to begin on Monday.

The public broadcaster says there is no apparent explanation why the stoppage has been called off.

Earlier this week, the pharmacies said they would go on an open-ended general strike because of the government's failure to respect pricing agreements.

An extra $60 million for Pharmac over the next four years will benefit more than 60,000 New Zealanders, it said.

Pharmacists in New Caledonia will now be at work on Monday Photo: 123RF

They said the indexation now unilaterally imposed by the government would see a price freeze extended to the end of the year.

The strike notice followed a stoppage last month over the same issue.

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