Fuel shortage. In TotalEnergies, the CGT is willing to limit its demands to wages

The CGT, which is leading the ongoing strikes at TotalEnergies, says it is ready to start negotiations Monday on the single issue of wage increases, setting aside its hiring and investment demands, according to an open letter sent Saturday, October 8 to the general manager of the group.

To break the deadlock, we reiterate our request to open negotiations, hoping that they will finally listen to it. We are ready to start on Monday based on our salary demand only.​, writes Éric Sellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, in this letter addressed to the group’s CEO, Patrick Pouyanné and posted on Twitter.

The CGT demands an increase of 10% with respect to 2022: 7% for inflation, 3% for share the wealth while the group made $10.6 billion in profit in the first half.

inflexible in the schedule

For its part, 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 salaries. It seems inflexible in this calendar.

In addition to the salary increase, the CGT has been demanding for several months a paused contract in France and a massive investment plan in France.

If that can make things happen, let us leave aside for the moment the problem of employment and investment.Eric Sellini told AFP.

In particular, the union demanded review in depth the issue of temporary work and short contractsEric Sellini added.

The country’s economy in danger

The situation of shortages in the country, as a result of the impossibility of discussing salary measures with management, generates strong discontent and threatens to slow down the country’s economyadd the mail to justify this concession, also recalling the Government’s support for wage increases.

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The employees of our company, through their work, have allowed the Group to obtain stratospheric benefitscontinue your letter. As proof, the ability of the general management to release an exceptional endowment of 2,620 million euros for shareholders with extreme speed.

We went very quickly to reward the shareholders but we tell the employees that it is urgent to wait: why this difference in treatment?asked Thierry Defresne, secretary of the CGT of the European committee TotalEnergies, accompanied by AFP.

TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné has not spoken publicly about the strike so far, 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 you.

Asked on Saturday about France Inter the general secretary of the CFDT Laurent Berger, for his part, disapproved of these preventive strikesjudging it necessary to go through the negotiation first.

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