(Adds details, comments from spokeswoman)
PARIS May 5 French oil and gas company Total
said on Friday it was gradually shutting down
production at its 117,000 barrels-per-day Feyzin refinery and
petrochemical platform near Lyon in the east of France due to a
Some 190 workers at the refinery, which employs around 600,
began the strike on Thursday evening after talks with management
reached a deadlock over bonuses and other issues, a spokeswoman
for the company said.
Talks are ongoing with the Force Ouvriere, the dominant
trade union at the refinery which called the strike, but it was
unclear when the strike will end, the spokeswoman said.
The union could not be reached for comment.
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.
The company, Europe's biggest refiner, operates five
refineries in France.
(Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Mark Potter; Editing by