French nuclear power plant workers on strike

    French nuclear power plant workers on strike

    May 26, Paris: Workers at France’s 19 nuclear plants have voted to go on strike today amid growing industrial action over controversial labour reforms.

    The CGT union official said staff at 16 of France's 19 nuclear plants had voted for a one-day strike. Staffs of least four fossil fuel-fired plants have also voted to strike on Thursday.

    The government said on Wednesday it was dipping into strategic oil reserves as strikers blockaded refineries.

    Unions want the government to reverse controversial labour reforms forced through parliament earlier this month.

    French state-run power company, Electricite de France, declined to comment on how Thursday's one-day strike at nuclear plants would affect supply.

    Nuclear power provides about 75 percent of the country's electricity.

    Strikes and blockades are already disrupting six of France's eight oil refineries.

    The Oslo Times


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