March 20, 2018 / 12:17 PM / a year ago

Some French oil sector workers to join Thursday protest -CGT

PARIS (Reuters) - Some French oil sector workers will join the nationwide protest against planned government reforms but their action is not expected to hit output at refineries and oil depots, a union official said on Tuesday.

A mass protest is planned for Thursday across France, called by public sector workers who will be joined by rail and power sector workers against planned reform of the rail and civil service proposed by President Emmanuel Macron’s government.

Thierry Defresne, a CGT union official, said refinery workers who are not on duty during the day will join the protest to swell the ranks, but their actions will not impact production at refineries and oil depots.

He added that depending on the outcome of Thursday’s protest, more action could be decided in the future.

The strike is expected to disrupt electricity production, transport and other public services including schools.

Reporting by Bate Felix, Editing by Dominique Vidalon and David Evans

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