France - Total shuts down production after strike - May 31, 2017

Oil and gas company Total said that it was gradually shutting down production at its 117,000 barrels-per-day Feyzin refinery and petrochemical platform near Lyon due to a strike. Some 190 workers at the refinery, which employs around 600, began the strike on 4 May 2017, after talks with management reached a deadlock over bonuses and other issues. Talks are ongoing with trade union Force Ouvriere, the dominant trade union at the refinery which called the strike, but it is unclear when the strike will end. The shutting down and restart of a refinery takes several days. Total said there was no risk of fuel and products shortage because it will continue to supply clients from other sources.

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