Tahiti General Strike Ends Overnight

15 June 2010 (Last Updated June 15th, 2010 18:30)

The general strike in Tahiti has ended, following another round of talks between the French Polynesian Government and trade unions. The 11 trade unions, known as the "Collective for Peace", finally agreed to call off the strike overnight. Disturbances at Tahiti airport are ex

The general strike in Tahiti has ended, following another round of talks between the French Polynesian Government and trade unions.

The 11 trade unions, known as the "Collective for Peace", finally agreed to call off the strike overnight.

Disturbances at Tahiti airport are expected to ease after Air Tahiti Nui, the national carrier, said it will resume flights this evening.

French High Commissioner in French Polynesia, Adolphe Colrat, told Radio New Zealand International that the strike, which has stopped all international flights from 10 June, has been "excessive" and posed a risk to public safety.

Air Tahiti Nui will begin clearing the backlog of international passengers stranded at the airport.

Air New Zealand will also offer a service from Papeete to Rarotonga connecting Auckland.