Strike blocks French oil terminals for tenth day

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Two French Mediterranean oil terminals were blocked by strikes for the tenth straight day Wednesday, as dockers at a nearby cargo terminal joined the stoppage over port privatisation.

The stoppage was launched September 27 by the powerful CGT trade union to protest plans to set up a company 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.

But on Wednesday workers at a cargo terminal at Marseille voted to renew strike action against the port privatisation plans, the CGT said.

Unions have been demanding commitments to protect jobs.

© 2010 AFP

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