19 February 2010 11:34 [Source: ICIS news]
By Nel Weddle and Franco Capaldo
LONDON (ICIS news)--The continuing strike by workers at Total's refineries in ?xml:namespace>
Employees on Thursday voted for an unlimited strike at all six refineries in
Around 2,000 direct employees and 5,000 suppliers and subcontractors of the refineries went on strike for 48 hours on Wednesday to demand a restart of the petrochemical giant’s
However, workers involved with the refineries at Gonfreville-L'Orcher, La Mede, Donges, Grandpuits, Feyzin and
The source said Total had been negotiating with unions, however all refineries were prepared to stop if demands were not met. The refineries at Grandpuits, Donges and La Mede have already started ramping down.
Even if discussions were positive, the best Total could expect was that the refineries would run at minimum rates, the source added.
Total was also assessing the possible impact of workers at steam crackers petitioning in solidarity to demand answers over the future of the
The source said that Total was ready to discuss Dunkirk, which employs 370 people, with unions but it has been under pressure to avoid embarrassing the French government before its regional elections in March.
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