The CGT is ready to begin negotiations on Monday, while the strike generates supply interruptions everywhere in France.
TotalEnergies CGT extends strike this Sunday, October 9th. “The movement is renewed everywhere“, Explained Eric Sellini, TotalEnergies CGT coordinator,”in the absence of a response from the general managementto the open letter sent Saturday to the CEO of the group Patrick Pouyanné.
The union proposed the day before to limit its requests to the issue of wage increases to start negotiations on Monday in full strike in refineries and warehouses, at the origin of still significant supply disruptions in service stations. The CGT has in fact proposed to give up its requests for hiring and investments in France to open negotiations, after a ten-day strike that closed the main refinery of the French group and two others of the Esso.-ExxonMobil group.
“We are ready to start [les négociations] from Monday only on the basis of our salary request“Wrote Éric Sellini, TotalEnergies CGT coordinator, on Saturday in an open letter addressed to TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné and posted on Twitter.
The latter has not spoken publicly to this day about the movement, but in an internal group video on Tuesday, he acknowledged that “the company’s results are outstanding in 2022– $ 10.6 billion profit in the first half – and said: “we will not forget you“. In the last few days, the pressure of the executives on the group has intensified. On Friday from Prague, President Emmanuel Macron invited oil groups and trade unions to”responsibility“, Reported by the statements of several ministers pushing for wage increases.
“There is no general supply problem for our country, it is important to repeat it“Transport Minister Clément Beaune commented on Saturday. “There are localized phenomena, linked to social movements: everyone is called to responsibility, businesses and trade unions as the Prime Minister said yesterday, so that the situation is resolved as quickly as possible; it is also in their hands, we encourage them to do so“, He said on the sidelines of the day of the Paralympics on Saturday in Paris.
As a result, in part, of these strikes, “20.7% of petrol stations have difficulties with at least one product“, Against 19% the day before, according to a count on Saturday at 1 pm by the Ministry of Energy Transition. “Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France are particularly affected, although the situation is slightly improving there“, According to the authorities. Thus, in the Pas-de-Calais “41% of the stations encounter difficulties“, ie failures on at least one fuel,”against 52% of the day before yesterday“, And in 39% on Saturday in the North (against 47% on Thursday).
Increase of 10%.
“The measures we have taken, including the authorization for heavy goods vehicles supplying the stations to be driven over the weekend, have made it possible to stabilize the situation at national level.“Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher told the press on Saturday afternoon.
The CGT began its move in late September to demand a 10% increase in wages for 2022 – 7% for inflation, 3% for wealth sharing. For its part, management recalls that it has granted wage measures representing an average increase of 3.5% in 2022 and refers to a negotiation session scheduled for November 15 for salaries for 2023. It seems inflexible on this timetable.
“We have an uncompromising leadership that refuses, despite the gigantic benefits, to discuss salaries for 2022“Declared Alexis Antonioli, general secretary of the CGT on the Normandy platform, considering himself”taken hostage“from one direction”who refuses to open a discussion“.”70% to 90% of the teams“I’m on strike”we have between 100 and 150 employees mobilized per day“, He added.
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Asked Saturday about France Inter, CFDT general secretary Laurent Berger for his part disapproved of these “preventive strikes», Deeming it necessary to move on to negotiations in the first place. On Saturday, according to the CGT, three of the six French refineries were still closed: the largest refinery in TotalEnergies, in Normandy, and the two French refineries of the American Esso-ExxonMobil.
“The employees of our company, through their work, have allowed the Group to obtain stratospheric profits“, Continues his letter. “As proof, the ability of the general management to release in a very short time an exceptional endowment of 2.62 billion euro for shareholders.“”We went very quickly to remunerate the members but we tell the employees that it is urgent to wait: why this unequal treatment?asked Thierry Defresne, CGT secretary of the European TotalEnergies committee, flanked by AFP.
Furthermore, at the TotalEnergies refinery in Feyzin (Rhône), “there were 100% strikers in the dispatch service at 6am.“, Declared Pedro Afonso, elected CGT, preventing any filling of the trucks. Striker lockdowns lead to a reduction in fuel deliveries, so service stations are more often run out of petrol or diesel. TotalEnergies manages almost a third of the French stations. But the group also puts the disturbances on account of the success of the discount at the pump of 20 cents that it grants from September 1, in addition to the discount of 30 cents from the state.