French strike keeps a third of oil refining sector shut

A strike at three of Total’s (FP.PA) five oil refineries in France held firm for an 11th day on Monday, but the risk of a repeat of fuel shortages seen during a 2010 walkout receded after staff at a fourth plant returned to work on Sunday. The strikers, led by the CGT union, demand an improved pay offer from Total but the company has refused to reopen talks after other unions approved a deal this month. CGT officials said votes by shift workers approved the continuation of the strike at the Gonfreville refinery in Normandy, La Mede in the south and Feyzin near Lyon. The fact we’re just before Christmas has made our determination even greater,” said Christian Votte, a CGT official at Gonfreville, the largest of the striking sites.


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