French dock strike disrupts Channel port: union

12th January 2011, Comments 0 comments

A dockers' strike shut down shipping terminals at France's second biggest port of Le Havre on Wednesday but did not affect cross-Channel ferry services, a union source said.

All dock workers and a large number of port staff at the northwestern port joined a national strike to press demands for early retirement for those who carry out hard physical work, said the FNPD-CGT union.

But petroleum shipping was not affected, said the source, who asked not to be named. National strikes late last year caused major disruption to shipments and oil terminals, particularly in the southern port of Marseille.

The union said the current strike would last until at least Sunday.

© 2011 AFP

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