UPDATE 1-Seven of 12 French refineries to keep striking-unions

* Other five plants to vote on Monday on strike extension

* Two Exxon plants expected to end strike – CFDT union

* A quarter of pumps still hit by shortages

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PARIS, Oct 25 (BestGrowthStock) – Workers at seven out of France’s
12 refineries voted to continue striking over pensions on
Monday, but two of the other five plants could vote to end their
action, union officials said.

The seven plants to have voted already to prolong stoppages
included all six of Total’s (TOTF.PA: ) French refineries together
with the Berre L’Etang plant operated by Lyondellbasell.

Refinery workers have been on strike for nearly two weeks
over reform of the pension system due to become law this week.
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The refinery stoppages, coupled with sporadic blockages of
fuel depots and a month-long strike at France’s main oil hub of
Fos-Lavera, have crippled fuel distribution and left about a
quarter of petrol stations short of fuel. [ID:nLDE69N06D]

But in a sign the action could be easing, a CFDT union
official said workers at Exxon Mobil’s (XOM.N: ) two French
refineries at Fos-sur-Mer on the Mediterranean and Port Jerome
on the north coast were expected to vote to end their strike.

The Exxon plants are among five refineries due to vote later
in the day on whether to pursue their action.

Among the seven to have already extended stoppages, workers
at Total’s Feyzin refinery voted over the weekend for an
open-ended strike, while at Total’s Donges plant workers had
voted on Friday to stay on strike until Oct. 29.

Unions have called for nationwide protest days on Oct. 28
and again on Nov. 6 as they seek to maintain pressure on the
government after the Senate approved the pensions bill on
Friday, ahead of its final adoption due this week.
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For all stories on the French protests: [ID:nLDE69H1EP]

Map of European strikes: http://r.reuters.com/war95p

For a Factbox on strike disruption to French refineries:
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For a Factbox on oil refining in France: [ID:nLDE69I14G]
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(Reporting by Mathilde Cru; writing by Gus Trompiz)

UPDATE 1-Seven of 12 French refineries to keep striking-unions