(Corrects to remove reference to reason for strike ending)
PARIS Dec 22 Workers voted to end a strike over
pay at Total's Donges refinery in western France on
Sunday, the oil company said, though industrial action continued
at three other plants.
The hardline CGT union led the walkout at the 230,000
barrel-per-day (bpd) refinery near Nantes after rejecting an
annual pay rise deal reached with moderate unions.
"The strike action has ended at Donges," a Total spokeswoman
said, without saying why the workers had taken that decision.
Workers were reporting to their posts, she added, declining
to say how long it would take to restart production.
CGT union officials at Donges were not immediately available
Production remained shut down at the three remaining plants
- the 339,000-bpd Gonfreville refinery in Normandy, the 155,000
bpd La Mede plant near Marseille and the 119,000 bpd Feyzin
plant near Lyon in eastern France.
On Friday, the head of France's oil industry group told
Reuters the strikes would not disrupt fuel supplies for
motorists over the Christmas period, as imports from neighbours
and stored oil would make up any shortage.
CGT officials has said the company's offer of an annual wage
increase of up to 1.5 percent was insufficient.
Total said the pay package actually brought in rises of up
to 3.5 percent, when seniority and performance payments were
(Reporting By Nicholas Vinocur; Editing by Andrew Heavens)