Retirement age raised in French Polynesia

Photo: French Polynesia presidency

French Polynesia’s assembly has voted to raise the retirement age from 60 ot 62.

The decision was backed by the 39 members of the 57-strong assembly and came against a backdrop of a general strike by five of the territory’s unions.

The reform project had been tabled in April but was abandoned during a general strike when protesters forced their way into the assembly.

The president Edouard Fritch said at the time he would pursue his plans after the April election as a priority.

In his policy speech yesterday, he urged the assembly to pass the reform, warning that without it the pension fund risked being unable to meet its obligations within two years.

The strike aimed at stopping the reform was poorly followed and affected only the port.