December 16, 2013 / 2:33 PM / in 4 years

Two unions sign pay rise deal with Total management: CFDT

PARIS (Reuters) - Two unions at Total’s TOTF.PA refining branch have signed a pay rise deal with management, which is enough to make the deal valid, a top CFDT union official told Reuters on Monday.

General view of the French oil company Total building named Total Coupole Tower (C) at the La Defense business district, in Courbevoie near Paris, August 7, 2012. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

The hard-line CGT union, which represents around a quarter of refining workers at Total’s French refineries, had not however signed the deal by 1419 GMT (9:19 a.m. EST), the official added.

The agreement does not prevent striking CGT workers at the Gonfreville and La Mede plants to continue halting production.

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

The endorsement of two different union organizations was needed for a deal to go through. The moderate CGC had already said it would sign the deal with management.

Reporting by Michel Rose; Writing by Muriel Boselli

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