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Trade union extends strike in France that paralyzes refineries

Paris, Oct 12 (Prensa Latina) France's General Confederation of Labor (CGT) informed that the strike in four refineries and deposits of TotalEnergies oil company and its extension to a new site in demand of pay rises continue this Wednesday.

The almost two-week-old battle continues between the companies and trade unions involved in a strike that causes fuel shortages in the country, despite the decision announced by the Government on Tuesday to intervene in the strike at Esso-ExxonMobil facilities and threaten to do the same to resolve the dispute at TotalEnergies oil company.

The extension of the measure affects the Normandy refineries in northern Seine-Maritime department, La Mède in southern Bouches-du-Rhône department, Feyzin in the Rhône department, and the Flandres depot in Nord department.

The trade union added the Donges refinery, in the Loire-Atlantique department, will be affected as of this Wednesday.

About three out of 10 stations supplying gasoline and diesel are short of some product, with the most critical situation in the Paris and Haute France regions, where more than 40 percent of the suppliers are affected, causing long files and restrictions, including the national ban to supply fuel in jerry cans.

The management of the French subsidiary of US oil company ExxonMobil reached an agreement on Monday with those trade unions not participating in the strike, an accord rejected by the CGT and Force Ouvriere.

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne argued the pact to order the requisition and force a site to operate with the minimum indispensable personnel.


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