Faced with strikes, TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil ready to negotiate

Motorists on edge, political pressure… TotalEnergies offered on Sunday to advance its annual salary negotiations to October, responding to the outstretched hand of the CGT, provided that the blockades in refineries and fuel depots end, while Esso-ExxonMobil plans to bring together unions on Mondays. At 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, 29.7% of service stations in France lacked at least one fuel (compared to 21% on Saturday), reported the Ministry of Energy Transition.

At TotalEnergies, the negotiations in October instead of November “will make it possible to define how employees can benefit, before the end of the year, from the exceptional results generated by TotalEnergies, also taking into account inflation for the year 2022,” he says. the group, which manages almost a third of the service stations in France.

The CGT demands an increase of 10%

Since the beginning of the movement ten days ago, the CGT has demanded a salary increase of 10% -7% for inflation, 3% for the distribution of wealth-, after having obtained the energy giant 10.6 billion dollars in the first semester of 2022.

“We are going to carefully study the proposals and we will meet tomorrow morning with the different sites to decide on the continuation of the movement,” Eric Sellini, coordinator of the CGT at TotalEnergies, reacted to AFP, regretting that the management has not had a direct exchange. with the union. . The Minister for the Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, welcomed TotalEnergies’ announcement and considered that the conflict should “end”.

Salary discussions

For its part, the management of Esso-ExxonMobil in France announced on Sunday night in a press release its intention to meet on Monday “the four union organizations that represent the staff.” The group, whose two refineries in France are closed, says it is “convinced (that) the quality of the social dialogue established and uninterrupted with the organizations that represent the staff will allow the conflict to end quickly.”

Salary discussions began at Esso France on September 20. The proposal that is on the table has only been approved by the CFE-CGC. The French branch of the US group called on Sunday for an end to the strike. Pressure from government officials had increased in recent days on the two groups and the strikers to negotiate.

“I would like to reaffirm the government’s very strong appeal to the leaders and unions of TotalEnergies and Esso: a solution must be found without delay within the framework of social dialogue (…) The French must no longer suffer the consequences of a social movement”, Mrs. Pannier-Runacher said.

Refueling in Belgium

Agnès Pannier-Runacher urged “all our fellow citizens not to stock up”, some service stations being robbed with an additional consumption of 30% to 35%.

As of Sunday, many of them were still dealing with breakups. “I’m a taxi driver, I haven’t been able to work for two days,” lamented Thierry, 60, who grew impatient after three hours of waiting for a delivery at the Esso station on boulevard de la Villette in Paris. .

At service stations, the situation worsened even more on Sunday in Hauts-de-France, where 54.8% of them had difficulties, and in Ile-de-France, where 44.9% had problems with broken pipes. at least one fuel.

The Government, which effectively resorted to the country’s strategic reserves and increased fuel imports to deal with the crisis, recalled that the tank trucks had been authorized to circulate throughout the weekend.

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