New Caledonia’s Kanak Union Dismisses Price Freeze Agreement

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New Caledonia’s Kanak Union Dismisses Price Freeze Agreement Says ‘problems lie in the economic imbalance’

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, June 2, 2013) – New Caledonia’s mainly Kanak USTKE union has dismissed the price freeze and the cut in the costs of some consumer products.

The deal was reached among unions, employers and government a week ago after a 12-day general strike in protest against the high cost of living.

Walter Zweifel reports.

"The Kanak union was the only main labour organisation to stay away from the protests, which culminated in most petrol stations running out of fuel a week ago. The USTKE group says the protest was a sham that was organised by interests favouring the ambitions of the Caledonia Together Party. It says the list of a goods approved for a 10 percent price cut has no tangible effect. It says the real problems lie in the economic imbalance, employment issues for locals and pay structures."

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