TotalEnergies management ready to negotiate on wages as early as October, should the blocks end up in refineries and warehouses

These negotiations were originally scheduled for November. Since the strike began ten days ago, the CGT has called for a 10% increase in wages.

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A response to the outstretched hand of the CGT. TotalEnergies has agreed on Sunday 9 October to continue its annual wage negotiations, provided that the blocks end up in refineries and fuel depots. Negotiations were originally scheduled for November 15. They “It will allow us to define how employees will benefit, by the end of the year, from the exceptional results generated by TotalEnergies, also taking into account inflation for the year 2022”assures the French energy giant, which in the first half of 2022 made profits of 10.6 billion dollars.

Since the start of the strike, the CGT has called for a 10% increase in wages, of which 7% for inflation and 3% for wealth sharing. The movement was launched ten days ago in the refineries and fuel depots of TotalEnergies and the American group Esso-ExxonMobil. Pending an exchange scheduled for Monday with the management, the strike was renewed on Sunday at 14:00.

On Saturday, TotalEnergies’ CGT had taken a first step to negotiate. In an open letter to the group’s chief executive, Patrick Pouyanné, the union agreed to put aside its demands in terms of hiring and investments to open negotiations only on wages, but this has been since Monday.

The management stressed on Sunday that it had already anticipated the mandatory annual negotiations (NAO) in November without “wait for January 2023 as it usually happens”and which is therefore taking a further step by agreeing to negotiate from October.

Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher welcomed TotalEnergies’ announcement. “The French no longer have to suffer the consequences of a social movement. This conflict must end”she said.

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