November 29, 2017 / 12:00 PM / 2 years ago

French CGT labour union calls for 24-hour strike by power workers

PARIS, Nov 29 (Reuters) - France’s hardline CGT labour union said on Wednesday that it was calling for a 24-hour strike by workers in the gas and electricity supply industries over a pay dispute.

It urged members to down tools so as to cause supply shortages and power plant outages.

French electricity grid operator RTE said on its website that state-controlled utility EDF had notified it of a strike starting at 2000 GMT on Wednesday.

It was unclear if the strike would affect power production in France. Electricity demand is expected to rise sharply in France on Thursday and Friday due to a cold spell with peak demand at over 83 gigawatts, according to RTE’s forecast.

“Workers will strike despite weather forecasts showing a drop in temperature,” the CGT union said.

It said proposals made by employers in pay negotiations were insufficient following salary freezes and tax increases that hit workers in 2017.

RTE said German utility Uniper had also notified it of a planned strike at its 595 megawatts Provence 5 coal-fired power plant starting at 0400 GMT on Thursday for 24 hours. (Reporting by Bate Felix Editing by Greg Mahlich)

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