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Operations at three DS Smith corrugated plants in France back to normal

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Operations at three DS Smith corrugated plants in France back to normal

April 22, 2013 - 00:23

BRUSSELS, April 22, 2013 (RISI) -Operations at three DS Smith (DSS) corrugated packaging plants in France are back to normal as of today, the firm said. DSS' Atlantique plant in Nantes, the Bretagne plant in Carhaix and the Normandie plant in Torigni-sur-Vire had partial production interruptions last week as employees protested over salary increase issues.

Last week, the French trade union CGT said that the Atlantique plant in Nantes had been on strike since Monday, while the Bretagne plant and the Normandie plant joined the strike on Wednesday and Friday, respectively.

A DSS spokeswoman said, however, that the strike actions at the plants were limited and that none of the facilities had any interruption of production.

"There were some sporadic [strike] actions at three [corrugated] plants in the north-west [of France]. Although there was some delay in deliveries to our customers, production was not stopped at any of those plants," she said. The spokeswoman added that the information about the gravity of the strike actions issued by the trade union last week was significantly exaggerated.

"Most discussions between the management and the trade union have been concluded. All employees are back at work now," she said.

DSS is one of the largest corrugated packaging producers in France. The firm operates 10 corrugated plants and 16 box-making plants.