New Caledonian Gov To Hear Nickel Drivers' Demands

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Protested gov refusal to export ore to China

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, September 1, 2015) – The New Caledonian Government is next week expected to consider demands made by protesting nickel carriers last month.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the drivers' union Contrakmine and the government last Friday, putting an end to 24 days of chaos in Noumea, during which drivers had used their trucks to block key access roads.

Although not providing any concrete response to the issue, the MoU says the territorial government will consider the drivers' demands on September 11th.

The nickel carriers and some miners had been protesting at the government's refusal to allow exports of ore to China after a slump in demand from Australia.

 

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