Striking Workers Shut Down France's Oil Depots, Move to Blockade Nuclear Plant

October 4, 2020 0 By HearthstoneYarns

Striking workers with the Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT), one of France’s largest unions, are clashing with French government forces after the union members blockaded oil refineries and depots in response to President François Hollande forcing unpopular labor reforms through parliament earlier this month.

Hollande’s proposed legislation would make it easier to fire employees, increase employees’ work hours, and move jobs offshore, in defiance of France’s long history of labor protections.

The blockades shut down a quarter of the France’s gas stations and forced the country to dip into reserve petrol supplies.

France’s President François Hollande was forced to deny that the country was facing a nationwide uprising akin to the worker and student uprising of May 1968, as riot police clashed with protesters around the country late Tuesday evening and early Wednesday morning.

The government dispatched the riot police to shut down picket lines, reports France24:

After riot police dispersed a picket line in front of a large refinery in Marseille on Tuesday, “the union federation retaliated by calling for strikes in all eight of the country’s refineries,” reports the Independent.