Article published on the 2009-03-03 Latest update 2009-03-03 14:18 TU
After more than 10 hours of negotiations between the strikers, employers and the government, a tentative deal was struck in Martinique late Monday, guaranteeing the same salary raise that was offered in Guadeloupe last week: 200 euros for everyone who makes less than about 1,500 euros per month.
The deal comes into force retroactively from 1 March, Ange Mancini, the Prefect of Martinique said Tuesday.
But neither deal has brought the strikes to an end. Following the lead of Guadeloupe, strikers in Martinique said that they will only consider returning to work once prices on staples were brought down.
The Martinique strike collective intends to stay “mobilised until the negotiations are finished,” calling for the strike to continue until a price deal is achieved.
In Guadeloupe, following the signing of their deal on Saturday, the strike leaders working with the LKP have been going “business to business” to get individual employers to sign the deal.
The employers have been warned by their representatives not to do so if there is any threat of physical violence or intimidation.
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