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Workers at one of the largest oil depots in France have voted to extend a strike action to protest proposed labor reforms.

According to Reuters, workers at the CIM oil terminal at the Le Havre oil port hub voted on Wednesday to extend a strike action that began early last week.

About 40 percent of France’s crude imports are handled at the terminal.

Sources told the news agency that several managers and engineers remain on site and are continuing normal operations at the terminal.

The terminal supplies ExxonMobil’s 240,000 barrel per day Port Jerome-Gravenchon refinery.

ExxonMobil has not commented on any potential impacts tied to the strike.

Another vote on the strike action is expected on Wednesday, Reuters said.

The strikes are in retaliation against proposed legislation that would make it easier for companies to lay off employees and relax work hour regulations.

The reforms are aimed at lowering France’s unemployment rate that is currently hovering at about 10 percent.

The legislation will go to the country’s Senate on June 14.

Six of the eight refineries in France have either halted operations or are operating at reduced capacity since the protests began last week.

France’s Total operates five of the country’s eight refineries but has not disclosed if it expects impacts related to the strike.

The country’s gasoline and fueling stations are reportedly running dry but the government has said it will release fuel from its strategic reserves to cope with shortages.

Workers across several industries, including the energy sector and transportation, have joined the strike.

Rail workers will begin a rolling strike on Tuesday night that is expected to impact half of the country’s national and regional railway services, the Guardian said.


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