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The French government fought back Friday in a bitter labour dispute with unions, sweeping away blockades at fuel depots after President Francois Hollande vowed to "stand firm" over the reform that sparked the industrial action. Authorities stepped up their offensive at dawn, when riot police swept away a blockade of burning tyres at an oil depot near a Total refinery in Donges, western France. Police cleared all 15 blockades around the country, leaving only one depot still shut by a strike.
The department's monthly strike report showed 35,100 Verizon employees were idle during the survey period for the May payrolls count. Striking workers who do not receive a paycheck during the period are considered unemployed. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said on Friday that Verizon and unions representing the striking workers had reached a tentative deal.