Employment relations in French Polynesia

Le Queux, Stephane (2015) Employment relations in French Polynesia. In: Proceedings of the the 29th Annual Conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand. 27. From: AIRAANZ 2015: 29th Annual Conference for the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand, 3-5 February 2015, Auckland, New Zealand.

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At a time when it is celebrating its 30th anniversary of autonomy (1984-2014) – yet still a French 'overseas collectivity' under article 74 of the French Constitution – French Polynesia is called at a rendez-vous of its history. The Territory is struggling to overcome a triple crisis: the end of French nuclear experimentations in the mid-1990s and of all the large subsidies that it conveyed; the 2008 global financial crisis (GFC) that hit tourism hard and which is estimated to provide around three-quarters of all self-generated revenues and, ten years of political turmoil with as many governments in as many years or so. The political rise of the Tavini Huiraatira (Polynesian Liberation Front) to the Presidency in 2004 and the repudiation of the Bolliet report which was to condition French subsidies to budget stringency in the early 2010 did not help either, convincing the French to maintain full-fledged financial support, leaving Polynesia with no choice but to appeal for foreign direct investments (FDIs) to get the economy back on track. But there is a genie in the bottle, a concern to be addressed in the concluding section of this paper. While it is important to understand industrial relations in the broader light of the Polynesian political economy, the following sections will look at the industrial relations system conventionally as the labour market, employee and employers' associations and the institutions of labour regulation. To finish, we will list the main issues that were raised by the parties themselves. First, however, it is useful to introduce some key elements of the industrial relations context.

Item ID: 38462
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: Polynesia employment relations, Pacific development
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Date Deposited: 27 Aug 2015 03:52
FoR Codes: 15 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 1503 Business and Management > 150306 Industrial Relations @ 100%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9104 Management and Productivity > 910401 Industrial Relations @ 100%
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