Total reaches pay deal with two French unions

Mon Dec 16, 2013 12:28pm EST
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By Michel Rose and Muriel Boselli

PARIS (Reuters) - Total's (TOTF.PA: Quote) French refining operations have reached a pay rise deal with two unions, isolating the hardline CGT union, the company and a union official told Reuters on Monday.

The CGT, which represents around a quarter of the refining workers at Total's French refineries, remained on strike for a fourth day.

"This is a good compromise in the current economic climate. The deal is applicable for 19,000 workers," said Francois Pelegrina, a coordinator at the CFDT union at Total.

The endorsement of two unions was needed for a deal to go through and workers at one of Total's five French refineries - the 231,000-bpd Donges plant - voted to end their strike after news of the CFDT deal.

Workers at CGT-dominated sites at La Mede and Gonfreville voted to prolong their strike action while those at Total's Feyzin site dominated by the FO union also voted to do so.

The outcome of a vote at the 99,000-bpd Grandpuits refinery was not immediately clear.

Feyzin near Lyon had been in ramp-up mode and workers there had voted to halt production before news of the union deal with management.

The CGT union was hoping to continue to garner support at Gonfreville and La Mede.   Continued...

View of French oil giant Total headquarters in the financial district of la Defense near Paris March 8, 2010. REUTERS/Charles Platiau