Strikes affecting several French refineries and fuel depots were renewed this Sunday at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil, thus interrupting the supply of fuel to gas stations for several days.
Gasoline, the scarce gold of the last days for motorists. In fact, since the end of September, several refineries and fuel depots have been on strike because their employees are demanding a general salary increase. This Sunday the strike movement in TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil was renewed, the CGT indicated.
Thus, three of the six French refineries are still stopped, according to the CGT, including the largest TotalEnergies refinery, in Normandy, as well as the two French refineries of the US Esso-ExxonMobil.
“The movement has been renewed everywhere,” explained Eric Sellini, coordinator of the CGT at TotalEnergies, “in the absence of a response from the general management” to the open letter sent on Saturday to the group’s CEO, Patrick Pouyanné.
While many service stations are still experiencing supply interruptions, the energy giant’s CGT union had proposed, to start negotiations on Monday, limiting its demands to the issue of a wage increase. Since then, “it is radio silence,” commented the CGT coordinator.
In the French energy company, in addition to its Normandy refinery, strikers have mobilized en masse in recent days at the Flanders fuel depot, near Dunkirk (north), at the La Mède “biorefinery” in Bouches-du -Rhône and in particular, at the Grandpuits fuel depot (Seine-et-Marne), to limit as much as possible the outflow of petroleum products, according to the CGT.
These pickets have logically caused a drop in fuel deliveries, thus making it impossible for a large number of service stations to stock up on gasoline or diesel. According to various ministers, around 15% of French gas stations have run out of one or more fuels.
TotalEnergies, which manages almost a third of the French plants, nevertheless put the phenomenon in perspective, explaining that the riots were also due to the success of the 20-cent discount on pumps that the group has granted since September 1, in addition to the State. discount of 30 cents.