French port strike disrupts Saint Louis sugar refinery

17th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

Law of raw materials caused by the one-month-long strikes may force the sugar refinery stop production next week.

MARSEILLE – Strike action by French port workers in Marseille risks forcing the temporary closure of a sugar refinery owned by the Saint Louis group in the southern port, the firm said on Monday.

Saint Louis, which is a subsidiary of the world's biggest sugar producer Suedzucker, said it was facing major supply disruptions.

"The port strike is starting to put us in a difficult position. We will have to stop work next week unless things improve," Saint Louis Sucre's director Christophe Huguet told AFP.

The Marseille site, which employs some 200 people, has a refining capacity of 150,000 tonnes, set to increase to 250,000 tonnes next year.

It would be the first time the refinery had closed down for lack of raw materials.

The port of Marseille has been hit by more than a month of strikes by workers protesting about a government reform that would transfer some public maintenance jobs to the private sector.

AFP / Expatica

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