The spun-off E.ON business Uniper is set to be affected by industrial action by workers at its coal and gas-fired power plants.

While no statement has been made as to the reasons for the strike notice, it appears to be linked to the threat of plant closures by the company.
Workers at Uniper’s Emile Huchet 600-MW coal-fired unit 6 and its 400-MW gas-fired units 7 and 8 in France will go on strike from Monday June 13 through July 15, the company said in a note on the website of French grid operator RTE Wednesday.

Uniper has posted several similar strike notices since the beginning of this year, with the duration of the strikes seen at around a month or more.

“Strike notices are part of the life of these plants but the filing of a notice is not necessarily followed by a strike,” Alix de Balsac, spokesman for Uniper previously told S&P Global Platts.

industrial action organized by FNME, the industry’s main labor union.

FNME previously said that Uniper has told workers at its 600-MW Provence-5 coal plant in France that it will become “economically impossible” to operate the plant when France sets a national carbon price floor.

The internal announcement by Uniper was made just two days after President Francois Hollande said France would set a carbon price floor by the beginning of next year.

The industrial action is being organised by union FNME and the looming Uniper power plant closures are listed as one of the reasons for the strike.

Uniper’s coal units at Emile Huchet and Provence are two of only five coal plants still operating in France after several power stations were retired at the end of last year.

From 2013-15, a total 4 GW of coal capacity was retired to comply with EU environmental regulations, according to RTE.

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