Total restarts France refinery production as strikes called off

25 February 2010 10:14  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--Total is restarting production at its French refineries on Thursday after a week-long strike by workers was called off, the company said.

“It will take two or three days but the flow is already going on,” a spokesman at the company said.

Around 7,000 direct employees, suppliers and subcontractors at the refineries went on strike for 48 hours on Wednesday last week to demand a restart of the petrochemical giant’s Dunkirk site, which has been idle since September and was likely to be closed down.

Last Friday employees voted for an open-ended strike, which was called off on Tuesday afternoon following lengthy talks between the CGT union and the company.

The strike shuttered around 36% of France’s total propylene capacity, exacerbating an already tight supply and demand balance.

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By: Graeme Paterson
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