September 7, 2017 / 11:46 AM / 2 months ago

French CGT union oil sector workers to join nationwide strike on Sept. 12

PARIS, Sept 7 (Reuters) - Oil sector workers of France’s CGT trade union will join a 24-hour nationwide strike on September 12 to protest against the French government’s planned labour reform, two CGT union leaders said on Thursday.

Oil sector workers will join the protest and block all inbound and outbound deliveries of petroleum products to refineries and depots, one union official said.

Depending on the participation of other sectors, the strike could become indefinite, another official said.

CGT union members in the power sector will also join the strike.

French President Emmanuel Macron’s government announced reforms on August 31 to loosen labour regulations and drive down unemployment, which drew criticism from unions.

However, France’s biggest labour union the CFDT, and the smaller hardline FO union will not join the protest. (Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Gus Trompiz)

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