January 10, 2020 / 5:28 PM / 14 days ago

French union says strike at refineries to continue until Jan. 16

PARIS (Reuters) - France’s CGT union said on Friday it would continue a strike over the government’s planned pension reform at refineries and petrol depots until Jan. 16, extending by almost a week a four-day action that started on Jan. 7.

The decision comes the day after new nationwide protest marches that failed to break the stalemate between government and unions after a more-than month-old public sector strike.

The action at refineries aims to cause shortages at petrolstations, which has not occurred yet, according to authorities.

Reporting by Bate Felix: Writing by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Catherine Evans

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