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“Operation Dead Port” launched by unions in France as protests continue

PortandTerminal.com, January 24, 2020

“If we don’t piss anyone off, we will be left to die in our corner”

MARSEILLE, FRANCE – Strikes in France continue to cause major disruptions at ports. In a repeat of last week’s port blockades, dockworkers are striking for what the CGT union has termed l’opération port mort (operation dead port), a 72-hour port strike at French ports from January 22.

READ: French unions blockade almost all of the nation’s oil refineries in major action

Pickets were set up at Ports in Dunkirk, Le Havre, Rouen, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, La Rochelle, Bordeaux and Marseille.

3,000 people marched in Bayonne today during “Operation Dead Port”. Other ports around the country were similarly affected.

This is a crucial week for the pension reforms protests in France, leading up to the presentation of a draft bill to the Council of Ministers. Unions have promised to up their opposition to the plans in the final few days, with ports, public transport and court services among the services disrupted ahead of another planned day of mass protests on Friday.

“If we don’t piss anyone off, we will be left to die in our corner”

Laurent Delaporte, Secretary General of the CGT Union

This latest action by the unions falls on the heels of a similar blockade of all oil refineries across France that took place at the beginning of January. In that protest, seven out of the eight refineries in France went on strike for 96 hours.

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