Strike at cement plant cripples New Caledonia construction sites

Strike at cement plant cripples New Caledonia construction sites
Published: 17 October 2007

A bid to free up supplies of cement for New Caledonia’s strike-crippled building industry has failed, as industrial action there drags on.

A strike by members of the USTKE union has stopped production at the territory’s only cement plant for nearly a month.

The union accuses Holcim, of abusing its monopoly position.

Our correspondent in Noumea, Claudine Wery, says up to four thousand people in the wider building industry are without work as a result.

She says the strikers had agreed to release some cement to desperate contractors yesterday, but the company turned the empty trucks away at the gate.