TAHITI AIRPORT STRIKE COST ESTIMATE IS US$ 6 MILLION

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PAPE‘ETE, French Polynesia (August 31, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---The recent strike that paralyzed Pape‘ete's Faa‘a International Airport resulted in business losses of an estimated 600 million French Pacific Francs (close to US$ 6 million), the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles de Tahiti reports.

The strike, which was staged by fuel supplier SOMCAT, was resolved earlier this week with an agreement signed by all fuel companies serving the airport, territorial officials and civil aviation representatives.

However, another union of fuel providers has since claimed "solidarity" with SOMCAT. It threatened to revive the strike and prevent supplies from the Mobil and Total depots reaching the airport if the demands expressed by SOMCAT for better working conditions "are not fully satisfied."

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