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Seven French Refineries Vote to Keep Striking

October 25, 2010
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Workers at seven out of France''s 12 refineries voted to continue striking over pensions, but two of the other five plants could vote to end their action, union officials said. The seven plants to have voted already to prolong stoppages included all six of Total''s French refineries together with the Berre L''Etang plant operated by Lyondellbasell. Refinery workers have been on strike for nearly two weeks over reform of the pension system due to become law this week. The refinery stoppages have crippled fuel distribution and left about a quarter of petrol stations short of fuel. Unions have called for nationwide protest days on Oct. 28 and again on Nov. 6 as they seek to maintain pressure on the government after the Senate approved the pensions bill on Friday, ahead of its final adoption due this week.
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