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Economy

Marseilles oil port strike continues

media Oil and gas tankers anchored off the Fos-Lavera oil hub near Marseilles Reuters

Workers continue to strike in the French port of Marseilles over failed talks with management about job security and port reform. Strikers have blockaded the port which has stranded nearly 50 ships and has forced refineries to cut their production.

Strikers have blocked petrol terminals at Fos-sur-Mer and Lavera for the past 10 days, causing petrol disruptions as far as Corsica.

The strike, bolstered by the unions, will extend to the refinery in Etang de Berre on Thursday. Employees at Ineos Refinery (formerly BP) are also planning to join the strike.

Oil workers are also protesting the nationwide French pension reforms.

On Wednesday, port authorities in Marseilles said that they were continuing dialogue in a "difficult climate".

Meanwhile, Corsica is expected to receive petrol Thursday night from an oil ship chartered by Sardinian oil companies.

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