Workers end strike at Argentine oil refinery-union

BUENOS AIRES, April 10 (Reuters) – Workers in northern
Argentina lifted a strike that halted an oil refinery and hit
imports of Bolivian natural gas after the government stepped in
to resolve the dispute, a union leader said on Sunday.

Meanwhile, another labor conflict that has curbed oil and
natural gas production in the southern province of Santa Cruz
continued despite government-ordered negotiations. The province
produces about 20 percent of the country’s crude.

Workers in the northern Salta province lifted the strike
after the labor ministry ordered the company to comply with
some of their demands, which included an 8 percent increase in
wages, said Alberto Romero, a local union leader.

“Workers started to return to their posts on Saturday
morning,” Romero said.

Workers at the Refinor refinery complex had downed tools on
Wednesday to press for salary increases. Refinor is owned by
Repsol’s YPF (REP.MC: Quote, Profile, Research), Brazil’s Petrobras (PETR4.SA: Quote, Profile, Research) and
Argentina’s Pluspetrol.

The refinery, which last year had the capacity to process
about 26,000 barrels of crude per day, also has a compressor
plant used to import all Bolivian natural gas.
(Reporting by Maximiliano Rizzi; Writing by Alonso Soto;
Editing by Maureen Bavdek)

Workers end strike at Argentine oil refinery-union