Strike blocks French oil terminals for ninth day

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Two French Mediterranean oil terminals were blocked by strike action Tuesday for the ninth straight day, leaving 44 tankers and other vessels waiting off shore, the Marseille port authority GPMM said.

The stoppage was launched September 27 by the powerful CGT trade union to protest plans to set up a subsidiary to manage the Fos-sur-Mer and Lavera terminals, part of a port reform scheme.

The closure has forced rationing of diesel fuel in some French Mediterranean ports.

Workers at another French port, Marseille-Fos, on Monday ended a strike called by the CGT on Friday to protest pension reform plans, unions and port officials said.

The union had been demanding commitments to protect jobs and had added its voice to a broader protest against the government's proposed pension reform.

© 2010 AFP

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