Labour Law: Call for Nuclear Power Plants to Strike

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NPP Nogent-sur-Seine has two reactors that could shut down in protest against Labour Law

CGT-Energy called for “strongest possible” action, the first target is the centre of Nogent-sur-Seine …

After the fuel shortage, it is no the turn of the electricity. Tuesday night, the CGT-Energy called for the “strongest possible” action on Thursday, including nuclear power plants, to protest against the labor law and the deterioration of the sector, not excluding “decreases expenses “electric.

“Stop completely” the Nogent reactors

The first target is the center of Nogent-sur-Seine, in the Aube . One of the two reactors is shut down since Tuesday “due to a technical problem.”  “It sure will not restart, as the No. 2 reactor, there will be a decrease of load, with the idea of stopping completely,” said to the AFP by Arnaud Pacot, General Secretary CGT-Energie Aube. The decision was taken at a general staff meeting” where there were a hundred employees present.”

Questioned by AFP, a spokesman for EDF said it was “difficult” to foresee the consequences of electricity production.  “This could lead to load drops” in case of strong mobilization on the sites, it all depends on the extent of the strike, he added.

“Accentuate the mobilization”

“It’s time to accentuate the mobilization. We call for the strongest possible movement “, told AFP by the spokesman for the National Mining-Energy Federation (FNME-CGT) Marie-Claire Cailletaud. “The power cuts have already taken place today (Tuesday) in several districts of Nantes and in Europe’s largest shopping center in Marseille, but the burden of cuts could be larger Thursday,” she predicted.

The union initially wants the “withdrawal of labour law” but also intends to reiterate its concerns about the future of the energy industry. The State undertook in April to replenish the EDF group, which is weighed down by debt at half the price of electricity in Europe and ahead of investments, including the controversial Hinkley Point project.

Thursday, the main unions opposing the El Khomri Labour Law, are the CGT and FO, which are calling for an eighth day of strikes and demonstrations across France to demand the withdrawal of the text.

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