Four police officers were slightly wounded during clashes between bosses and strikers on the French West Indian island of Martinique on Friday, as negotiations continued on the 30th day of the strike there. On the Indian Ocean island of Réunion, protesters closed supermarkets in support for their demands for wage rises and lower prices.
2009-03-07 14:53 TU
A 44-day general strike in Guadeloupe ended Wednesday night, with the signature of an agreement to improve living standard. Trade unions on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean called for a strike movement to start Tuesday, demanding similar measures.
2009-03-05 11:02 TU
Despite deals signed to raise salaries by 200 euros on Saturday in Guadeloupe and Monday night in Martinique, the two French departments in the Caribbean are still at a standstill more than seven weeks after the beginning of a general strike.
2009-03-03 14:18 TU
Several thousand people demonstrated in the east of Paris on Saturday to show support for those in Guadeloupe and Martinique, both French overseas departments, in the Caribbean where cost-of-living strikes have brought everyday life to a standstill for several weeks.
2009-02-28 19:05 TU
“We got our 200 euros, it’s OK,” exclaimed union leader Rosan Mounien after signing a deal that cedes to Guadeloupe strikers’ chief demand. After a second night of negotiations, the government and the strikers signed the deal. But several employers’ representatives did not show up to the meeting.
2009-02-28 10:39 TU
On the French West Indian island of Guadeloupe, a deal to end the month-long strike has been reached in principle. It concedes the strikers' primary demand, a 200-euro raise for low-income workers, though no deal has been formally signed. Meanwhile, in neighbouring Martinique, rioters burned storefronts and cars.
2009-02-26 12:43 TU