Latest pension reform protests in France set to disrupt country’s ports
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As the fallout over France's pension reforms continues, the CGT trade union has warned it plans to block the country's ports on Thursday.
According to multiple French media reports, Thursday has been billed as “dead ports” day by the CGT, who say they will ensure “nothing comes in and nothing leaves” the ports.
Moreover, in terms of oil and fuel supply, the CGT claims that 40% of operators are on strike at TotalEnergies, while the Donges and La Mède refineries are blocked. 80% of staff at ExxonMobil’s Fos-sur-Mer are said to be on strike as well, with workers at Petroineos still on strike too. They were reportedly joined yesterday by employees of Fluxel.
Hauliers hoping to avoid the expected disruption on Thursday could try the Port of Dunkirk, as it is one of the only ports in the country where a majority of employees are not CGT members.
The pension reform that has sparked the strikes will see the retirement age rise from 60 to 64. It has been progressing through the legislative process in France, despite mass strikes and protests.
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