• 7 minutes Get First Access To The Oilprice App!
  • 11 minutes Japanese Refiners Load First Iran Oil Cargo Since U.S. Sanctions
  • 13 minutes Oil prices forecast
  • 17 minutes Renewables in US Set for Fast Growth
  • 10 hours Socialists want to exorcise the O&G demon by 2030
  • 15 hours Chinese FDI in U.S. Drops 90%: America's Clueless Tech Entrepreneurs
  • 1 day Is Natural Gas Renewable? I say yes it is.
  • 10 hours Good Marriage And Bad Divorce: Germany's Merkel Wants Britain and EU To Divorce On Good Terms
  • 9 hours Cheermongering about O&G in 2019
  • 1 day Making Fun of EV Owners: ICE-ing Trend?
  • 16 hours Duterte's New Madness: Philippine Senators Oppose President's Push To Lower Criminal Age To 9
  • 2 days Blame Oil Price or EVs for Car Market Crash? Auto Recession Has Started
  • 1 hour *Happy Dance* ... U.S. Shale Oil Slowdown
  • 1 day Emissions from wear of brakes and tyres likely to be higher in supposedly clean vehicles, experts warn
  • 15 hours Oceans "Under Fire" Of Plastic Trash
  • 1 day North Sea Rocks Could Store Months Of Renewable Energy
  • 2 days Orphan Wells

French Refineries Cut Production After Nationwide Labor Strike

Total Refinery

Two of French Total SA’s five refineries in France have cut production after a CGT union led a nationwide strike opposing a controversial labor law that will make it easier to hire and fire workers.

According to CGT delegate Thierry Defrense, 63 percent of CGT members are participating in the strike on the grounds that the law may weaken worker safeguards.

Total’s Normandy refinery, which is responsible for 198,000 barrels per day, as well as its Donges refinery in Western France, which is responsible for 219,000 barrels per day, are no longer churning out distillates, according to CGT union representative Christophe Hiou.

Although some machinery in the refineries are running, “not a drop” of fuel is entering or leaving either refinery.

Related: Did The Saudis Exaggerate Their U.S. Treasury Holdings?

The labor law was enacted last week after bypassing what would normally have been a parliamentary vote, but now must be heard in the senate.

President Francois Hollande stands firm on the reform, saying that the law will be enacted regardless of two months’ worth of protests—some which have been violent—and what CGT promises will be rolling strikes every Wednesday and Thursday beginning this week.

Business leaders welcome the labor law reforms, citing the need to improve job prospects for younger workers and to keep more French graduates in-country. Specifically, the law would allow companies to negotiate hours worked, holidays, and bonuses—items that are currently negotiated at the occupational sector level.

Related: Oil Edges Higher Ahead Of Weekly Inventory Report

Workers at Total’s Donges refinery are considering more action in the days to come, Hiou told Reuters.

The strikes reach farther than big oil, significantly affecting railway activities and fuel and food supply. A train strike is set to begin later today.

TOTF.PA is currently down €-0.05 (-0.12%) today on the news.

By Charles Kennedy of Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:



Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News