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Weekend strike at refineries and tensions at the pump

The CGT strike at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil resumed on Saturday, the day after a stimulus to negotiations launched by the government, which relaxed the rules for fuel transportation in an attempt to resolve supply tensions at the stations. “The situation should continue to improve, since we have taken authorizations so that tankers can circulate this weekend” and “we have released strategic stock,” said Christophe Béchu, Minister of Ecological Transition, questioned on Franceinfo on Saturday. He ruled out for the moment the prospect of restrictions at the pump: “We are not there, apart from the bans on filling drums or cans, especially in the north of France where we have the worst situation, the most tense.” On Friday, the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, announced “difficulties” in 42% of the Pas-de-Calais stations and 43% in the North, slightly down from the previous day. Nationwide, 19% of service stations experienced a shortage of at least one fuel on Friday at noon, according to the ministry, which ensures that France “has 90 days of consumption” in strategic stocks. At the pump, the queues of motorists become a daily spectacle. “There I woke up at 4 in the morning to be able to look for gasoline, I’ve been waiting 4 hours,” testified Terry Caboste, a metalworker known Saturday at a Paris station that limited refueling to 30 euros per customer. Porte de Vincennes in Paris, a traffic jam formed 500 meters away, at a concert of horns, near an Avia station where all fuels were more than 2 euros a liter, an AFP journalist noted. From Prague, President Emmanuel Macron on Friday called motorists to “calm” and oil groups and unions to “responsibility.” “I call on the companies in question, which are still mostly performing well, to also consider requests for salary increases,” Olivia Grégoire, Delegate Minister for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, had previously declared, without mentioning her name. . TotalEnergies and its $10.6 billion profit in the first half. – Salary increase – TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné did not speak publicly about the strike, but in an internal group video on Tuesday he acknowledged that “the company’s results are exceptional in 2022” and declared “we will not forget them”. While the CGT demands an increase of 10% in 2022 -7% due to inflation, 3% due to “distribution of wealth”-, the management recalls that it has granted salary measures that represent an average increase of 3.5% in 2022 and refers to a negotiation session scheduled for November 15 for 2023 wages. He seems adamant on this schedule. On Saturday, three of the six French refineries were still closed, according to the CGT: the largest TotalEnergies refinery, in Normandy, and the two French refineries of the American Esso-ExxonMobil, where the movement was renewed on Saturday. “We are about 70% strikers,” said Christophe Aubert, CGT elect at ExxonMobil, “this is the same workforce all weekend, so it shouldn’t move and nothing comes out of it.” In addition, at the TotalEnergies refinery in Feyzin (Rhône), “there were 100% strikers in the dispatch service at 6 in the morning,” declared Pedro Afonso, elected from the CGT. “Usually there are 250 to 300 trucks a day and 30 to 50 rail cars, nothing comes out,” he added, even if the refinery continues to produce. At TotalEnergies, in addition to the Normandy refinery, strikers have mobilized en masse in recent days at the Flanders fuel depot, near Dunkirk (North), at the La Mède “bio-refinery” (Bouches-du- Rhône) and at the Grandpuits fuel depot (Seine-et-Marne) in particular, to limit as much as possible the outflow of petroleum products, according to the CGT. However, the Grandpuits fuel depot is not operational on weekends, according to TotalEnergies. The Donges refinery (Loire-Atlantique) suspended its strike. Striker lockouts lead to lower fuel deliveries, so gas stations run out of stock of gasoline or diesel more often. TotalEnergies manages almost a third of the French stations. But the group also puts the inconvenience on account of the success of the discount at the pump of 20 cents that it grants since September 1, in addition to the State bonus of 30 cents. bur-bl/ak/it

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