November 22, 2018 / 9:01 PM / 20 days ago

French CGT, FO unions call on members to intensify strike at refineries

PARIS, Nov 22 (Reuters) - French trade unions CGT and FO on Thursday rejected a 1.5 percent salary increase offer by employers and called their members to intensify an ongoing strike at French refineries and depots with a shutdown of production and distribution.

The unions said in a statement that the wage increase offer was below the French inflation rate of 2.2 percent. They said employers had also rejected their bonus demands.

The strike which began on Wednesday, hit six of France's seven refineries, and two major oil depots leading to reduced output and a disruption products distribution. (Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

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