French colonialists jail New Caledonian trade unionists

This video says about itself:

KUNCHONG workers strike at Doosan in New Caledonia

11 April 2011

Workers were on strike because their contract was not followed.

“Strike rather than sign an agreement with low salary rate.”

From Radio New Zealand International, about the French colony New Caledonia/Kanaky:

Union leaders in New Caledonia jailed for a year for airport invasion

Posted at 22:31 on 29 June, 2009 UTC

A court in New Caledonia has sentenced the USTKE union leader, Gerard Jodar, to one year in prison following a strike at the capital’s domestic airport last month.

Several other union members have also received prison terms.

During a strike at the local airline Air Caledonie, the union attempted to seize the airport, leaving domestic aviation in disarray for several days.

Our correspondent in Noumea, Claudine Wery, says Jodar is now in prison in Noumea.

“The main offence was hindrance to the circulation of an airplane. Mr Safoka, who works closely with Mr Jodar, has also been condemned to one year in jail. Two other union activists were given ten months of jail, another one six months, another one four months, and 18 union activists have also been condemned to four suspended months of prison.”

Kanaky: Interview with jailed pro-independence trade union leader Gérard Jodar: here.

Four killed in New Caledonia airport blockade: here.

New Caledonia’s forests are second most threatened in the world, not New Zealand’s: here.

Rival powers scramble for seabed mineral rights in South Pacific: here.

France’s Socialist Party government will send 53 extra police to New Caledonia in February amid high-level concerns over growing “lawlessness” in the small French Pacific territory, which has a population of less than 300,000. A special policing unit will combat “youth delinquency.” This means intensifying police repression against marginalised youth, particularly indigenous Kanaks, who suffer high levels of unemployment and impoverishment: here.

November 2018: here.

4 thoughts on “French colonialists jail New Caledonian trade unionists

  1. Petition: Appeal for the immediate release of USTKE trade unionists
    in Kanaky

    August 12, 2009 — On August 6, a general strike in Kanaky (or the
    French overseas territory of New Caledonia) was called off after an
    accord between the trade union confederation USTKE (Federation of Unions
    of Kanak Workers and the Exploited) and Air Caledonia was finally signed
    by the airline. The signing of the accord, which had been negotiated on
    June 11, put an end to 10 days of demonstrations, roadblocks and violent
    confrontations with police, motivated as much by a desire for
    independence and decolonisation, as by the issue of industrial justice.

    * Read more


  2. New Caledonia workers strike over cost of living

    Six of New Caledonia’s seven trade unions led by the Union of Workers and Employees in New Caledonia (USOENC) called three days of strikes and protests across the territory commencing on Monday over inflation. Industrial action began with widespread strikes in the Southern Province and a large protest of 10,000 workers in the capital, Noumea. Strikes spread to the Northern Province on Tuesday with a rally of 1,500 in Kone, and to the Loyalty Island Province on Wednesday.

    The unions demanded local, provincial and territory authorities act to immediately reduce food, housing and transport prices. The government, working with major retailers, has lowered the price of some basic items but the unions claim the reductions are not enough. The unions also want more transparency in the tax system, and more competition among importers.


  3. New Caledonia workers stop work over jobs

    On Wednesday, 2,000 people marched in New Caledonia as part of a strike called by the Federation of Unions of Kanak Workers and the Exploited (USTKE) in its push for the increased hiring of locals. The union has criticised businesses for hiring workers from overseas.

    In May, thousands of workers across the French colony held three days of strikes and demonstrations to demand that authorities provide jobs and reduce food, housing and transport prices.


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