The strikes that hit several French refineries and fuel depots were renewed this Sunday at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil, thus cutting off the supply of fuel to service stations for several days.
Gasoline, the rare gold of the last days for motorists. Indeed, since the end of September, several refineries and fuel depots have been on strike because their employees are demanding an overall wage increase. This Sunday, the strike movement was renewed at TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil, the CGT indicated.
Thus, according to the CGT, three of the six French refineries are still standing, including the largest TotalEnergies refinery in Normandy, as well as the two French refineries of the American Esso-ExxonMobil.
“The movement has renewed itself everywhere”, explained Eric Sellini, CGT coordinator of TotalEnergies, “in the absence of a response from the general management” to the open letter sent Saturday to the CEO of the group Patrick Pouyanné.
While many gas stations are still experiencing supply interruptions, the energy giant’s CGT union had proposed to start negotiations on Monday to limit its demands to the question of a wage increase. Since then, “it’s radio silence,” commented the CGT coordinator.
At the French energy company, in addition to its refinery in Normandy, strikers have been massively mobilized in recent days at the fuel depot in Flanders, near Dunkirk (North), at the “bio-refinery” La Mède in the Bouches-du- Rhône and in particular the Grandpuits fuel depot (Seine-et-Marne), to limit the outflow of petroleum products as much as possible, according to the CGT.
These pickets have logically led to a drop in fuel deliveries, thus making a large number of service stations unable to refuel with gasoline or diesel. According to several ministers, around 15% of French petrol stations are without one or more fuels.
TotalEnergies, which manages almost a third of the French stations, has nevertheless put the phenomenon into perspective, explaining that the disturbances were also due to the success of the pump discount of 20 cents that the group has granted since 1 September, in addition to the State discount of 30 cents. .