Supervisory personnel at Repsol YPFs Argentinean division have taken over a crude export terminal following a strike.
In addition to declaring an indefinite strike at YPF's fields in the southern provinces of Santa Cruz and Chubut, the union members have seized the installations of port operator Terminales Maritimas Patagonicas, known as Termap, outside the coastal city of Comodoro Rivadavia, Chubut.
YPF has a 33 stake in Termap, while other oil companies such as Pan American Energy, Total Austral and Shell also have an interest.
The takeover was peaceful. Meanwhile the strike at the oil fields continues in hopes the operator (YPF) changes its stance, the union's adjunct secretary Elvio Pena says.
The union leader said he held talks on 9 December in Buenos Aires with Argentine Labor Ministry officials and will meet with Planning Minister Julio de Vido in a bid to resolve the dispute.
Supervisors in Santa Cruz launched a strike a week ago to demand pay hikes and the accompanying protests led to acts of violence at a YPF facility in Las Heras.
The strike has reduced YPF's production by 20% nationwide.
Source: Trading Markets