Four Total refineries hit by pension strike action: company

24th September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Employees at four of Total's six oil refineries in France kept up a strike against government plans to raise the pension age for a second day on Friday, managers said.

Between 50 to 80 percent of staff took part in the strike, roughly the same level as the nationwide strike on Thursday, but the strikers "did not have a significant impact on production," a Total spokesman told AFP.

Several days of strikes are needed to affect output, the company said.

Total's refineries at Gonfreville L'Orcher, Donges, Provence près de Martigues, and Grandpuits were affected by the strikes.

Unions said three million people took to the streets across France on Thursday, although the police estimated that only around one million protested against President Nicolas Sarkozy's plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62.

© 2010 AFP

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