The CGT is set to start negotiations on Monday as the strike leads to supply cuts across France.
The TotalEnergies CGT extends the strike this Sunday, October 9. “The movement was renewed everywhere“, explained Eric Sellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, “in the absence of a response from the general managementto the open letter sent on Saturday to the CEO of the Patrick Pouyanné group.
The union proposed the day before to limit its demands to the issue of salary increases to start negotiations on Monday in full strike at refineries and warehouses, at the origin of still important supply cuts at service stations. Indeed, the CGT has proposed to renounce its hiring and investment demands in France to open negotiations, after a ten-day strike that paralyzed the main refinery of the French group and two others of the Esso-ExxonMobil group.
“we are ready to start [les négociations] starting Monday based on our salary demand only“, wrote Éric Sellini, coordinator of the CGT at TotalEnergies, on Saturday in an open letter addressed to the CEO of TotalEnergies, Patrick Pouyanné and posted on twitter.
The latter has not publicly commented on the move to date, but in an internal group video on Tuesday he acknowledged that “the company’s results are exceptional in 2022— $10.6 billion in profit in the first half — and said: “We will not forget youExecutive pressure on the group has intensified in recent days. From Prague on Friday, President Emmanuel Macron called on oil groups and unions to “responsibility“, relayed by the statements of several ministers who press for salary increases.
“There is no general supply problem for our country, it is important to repeat itTransport Minister Clément Beaune commented in turn on Saturday. “There are localized phenomena, linked to social movements: everyone is called to responsibility, companies and unions, as the Prime Minister said yesterday, so that the situation is resolved as quickly as possible; it is also in your hands, we encourage you to do it“, he said on the sidelines of Saturday’s Paralympic day in Paris.
As a result, in part, of these strikes, “20.7% of service stations have difficulties with at least one product“, compared to 19% the day before, according to a count on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. from the Ministry of Energy Transition. “Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France continue to be particularly affected, although the situation there is improving very slightly“, according to the authorities. Thus, in the Pas-de-Calais “41% of stations encounter difficulties“, ie breaks in at least one fuel”,against 52% the day before yesterday“, and at 39% on Saturday in the North (against 47% on Thursday).
“The measures we have taken, including the authorization for heavy vehicles that refuel at the stations to circulate on weekends, have made it possible to stabilize the situation at the national level.“, Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher told the press on Saturday afternoon.
The CGT began its movement at the end of September to demand a 10% salary increase by 2022: 7% for inflation, 3% for wealth distribution. 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 the salaries of 2023. It seems inflexible in this calendar.
“We have an opposing hardline management that refuses, despite gargantuan benefits, to discuss salaries for 2022.», declared Alexis Antonioli, secretary general of the CGT on the Normandy platform, considering himself «taken hostage“for one direction”who refuses to open an argument“.”From 70% to 90% of the teams“They are on strike”,we have between 100 and 150 daily employees mobilized“, he added.
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Asked on Saturday about France Inter, the general secretary of the CFDT Laurent Berger disapproved of these “preventive strikes», judging it necessary to go through the negotiation first. On Saturday, three of the six French refineries were still closed, according to the CGT: TotalEnergies’ largest refinery, in Normandy, and the two French refineries of the US-based Esso-ExxonMobil.
“The employees of our company, through their work, have allowed the Group to obtain stratospheric benefits“, continues his 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.
Furthermore, at the TotalEnergies refinery in Feyzin (Rhône), “there were 100% strikers in the dispatch service at 6 am“, declared Pedro Afonso, elected from the CGT, preventing the trucks from being filled. 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 on the 20-cent pump that it grants since September 1, in addition to the 30-cent State bonus.