Total: five French refineries six are off


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PARIS - Two of Total's six French refineries are now at a standstill and three more in "stop phase". This state of affairs results from the strike launched by the CGT and the CFDT to denounce the cancellation of the holiday of Pentecost Monday in the company.

The oil group, the leading European refiner, has however assured that there will not be, in the medium term, supply problems for the 5626 service stations (including about 2000 under the Elan brand) that it has in place. La France. The Ministry of Industry, for its part, said on Thursday that there was "no risk of shortages in the short term".

However, this is not the opinion of Charles Foulard, CGT central union representative. Based on information collected in the field, he assures that "some deposits live their last hours". He even suspects the multinational to tap into the strategic reserves of France.

He stated that there was still no resumption of dialogue with senior management. "The prerequisite" to any suspension of the movement was "the withdrawal of the application of the law on the day of solidarity," he added. "The employees are more determined than ever, they will go all the way. "

The strike comes just days after the General Meeting of Total actionnnaires, which approved the accounts 2004 marked by a record net profit of 9,61 billion and during which Thierry Desmarest, the group's boss, has reaffirmed its commitment to social dialogue.

Source: SDA-ATS www.Swissinfo.org


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