Monday, 22 February 2010

Total Oil Workers Strike

The French Government has pledged that the public will not be affected by petrol or diesel shortages as a result of the continuing strike by Total Oil Workers. The workers, from France's largest oil company, have been picketing the company's six main refineries in France for more than a month.

The dispute is over the possible closure of Total's Dunkirk refinery. Total stopped production at the refinery last September because of a fall in demand. Talks between Total and the CGT union broke down on Sunday 21st February.

The CGT is now calling for the strike to spread to the two French oil refineries owned by US group Exxon Mobil, where strikes are planned for Tuesday. The union says that 80% of Total's refinery workers remain on strike.

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