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Total oil workers occupy Dunkirk refinery offices

Workers storming the Total offices in Dunkirk
Total stopped production at the refinery last September

Refinery workers have occupied the offices of oil group Total in Dunkirk in Northern France in protest at the site's possible closure.

The workers are staging a sit-in protest and demanding to know what plans the company has for the site. They have been on strike for a month.

Unions have called for nationwide strikes at Total plants on Wednesday and Thursday in support of Dunkirk.

Total stopped production at the plant in September because of falling demand.

"The management's offices were invaded this morning," said Maxime Delanoix, head of communication at the refinery.

"There are about 30 people occupying the offices at the entrance of the site but they allow workers who are not striking to come and go."

Media reports suggest the total number of workers staging the sit-in protest could be more than 100.

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