In the face of the strikes, TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil ready to negotiate

Drivers on edge, political pressure … TotalEnergies offered Sunday to bring its annual wage negotiations forward to October, responding to the outstretched hand of the CGT, provided the blocks end up in refineries and fuel depots, while Esso-ExxonMobil plans to bring unions together on Monday. At 3pm on Sunday, 29.7% of petrol stations in France did not have at least one fuel (up from 21% on Saturday), the Ministry of Energy Transition said.

In TotalEnergies, the negotiations from 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”, assures the group , which operates nearly a third of the petrol stations in France.

The CGT requires a 10% increase.

Since the movement started ten days ago, the CGT has called for a 10% increase in wages – 7% for inflation, 3% for wealth sharing – the energy giant has raised $ 10, 6 billion in profits. in the first half of 2022.

“We will closely analyze the proposals and we will meet tomorrow morning with the various sites to decide on the continuation of the movement,” Eric Sellini, CGT coordinator of TotalEnergies, reacted to AFP, complaining that the management did not have a direct exchange with the union. Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher welcomed TotalEnergies’ announcement, believing the conflict should “end”.

Salary discussions

For its part, the management of Esso-ExxonMobil in France announced in a press release Sunday evening its intention to bring together “the four trade unions representing the staff” on Monday. The group, whose two refineries in France are closed, says it is “convinced (that) the quality of the committed and uninterrupted social dialogue with the organizations representing the staff will allow for a quick end to the conflict”.

Salary discussions began at Esso France on September 20. The proposal currently under discussion was approved only by the CFE-CGC. The French branch of the American group called for an end to the strike on Sunday. In recent days, pressure from government officials has increased on the two groups and on the strikers to negotiate.

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

Refueling in Belgium

Agnès Pannier-Runacher urged “all our fellow citizens not to stock up”, some petrol stations have been stormed with an additional consumption of 30% to 35%.

As of Sunday, many of them were still facing breakups. “I’m a taxi driver, I couldn’t work for two days,” complained Thierry, 60, who was getting impatient after three hours of waiting for a delivery at Esso station on boulevard de la Villette in Paris. .

In service stations, on Sunday the situation worsened in Hauts-de-France, where 54.8% of them encountered difficulties, and in Ile-de-France, where 44.9% were in difficulty, breaking with at least a fuel.

The government, which in fact drew on the country’s strategic reserves and increased imports of fuel to cope with the crisis, recalled that the tankers had been authorized to circulate throughout the weekend.

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