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November 13, 1999
PINA Nius Online

TONTOUTA AIRPORT CRIPPLED BY ROVING STRIKE

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (November 13, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---A roving strike against Tontouta Air Services (TAS) by STKE (Syndicat des Travailleurs Kanak Exploités) union members within the company has seriously hampered operations at New Caledonia's Tontouta International Airport, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

The strike started last Tuesday and affects services provided by TAS, including catering and baggage services.

Many scheduled flights have suffered long delays as a result.

Friday’s AOM flight to Sydney and Paris, with some 260 passengers on board, was delayed two and a half hours.

Among the passengers were two people being medivaced to Australia.

On Thursday, two other medivac patients had to wait for an Air France Boeing 747 to take off.

Negotiations between TAS and STKE have been suspended ever since the union demanded, as a prior condition to any mediation, the firing of a department head within TAS.

Management said they did not intend to sack him and were fully satisfied with the employee’s work.

The strike affects each service within TAS in turn, concentrating each day on either catering, baggage weighing and charging or baggage checking.

 

WINDSURFING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BEGINS IN NOUMEA

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (November 13, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---The '99 AOM Windsurfing World Championship has officially begun in New Caledonia, with close to 200 participants from some 46 countries represented, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

The official opening ceremony featured fireworks and a laser show, a first in New Caledonia.

Among Pacific Islanders taking part in the competition is Tony Philp, from Fiji, in the men's category. Philp currently ranks 5th on the world championship ISA list.

New Zealander Aaron McIntosh (a world champion for ‘94, ‘97 and ‘98), who is currently number one in the world ISA ranking, is a favorite, but he also has strong contenders.

This bulletin was produced by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). Editor: Patrick Antoine Decloitre E-mail: padec@iname.com 

For more information, contact Nina Ratulele, PINA Administrator, at pina@is.com.fj 

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