CGT announced that strikes will continue at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil refineries and fuel depots.
Strikes affecting several refineries and French fuel depots were renewed on Saturday at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil, according to the CGT.
On Saturday, three of six French refineries were still closed, according to the CGT: TotalEnergies’ biggest refinery in Normandy, as well as two French refineries of US-based Esso-ExxonMobil.
“We are about 70% strikers,” said Christoph Ober, elected CGT at ExxonMobil, “It’s the same workforce every weekend, so it doesn’t have to move and nothing gets out.”
Several blocking points on the territory
Also, at the TotalEnergies refinery in Fezine (Rhône), “at 6:00 a.m. in the control room there were 100% of strikers,” Pedro Afonso, elected by the CGT, told AFP. “Usually 250-300 trucks a day and 30 to 50 wagons. Nothing will come of it,” he added, even if the refinery continues production.
In the French energy company, in addition to the Normandy refinery, strikers have been mobilized en masse in recent days at a fuel depot in Flanders, near Dunkirk (North), at the “bio-refinery” of La Med (Bouches du Rhône). ) and at the Grandpuis fuel storage (Seine-et-Marne), in particular, to limit the outflow of petroleum products as much as possible, according to CGT.
However, according to TotalEnergies, the Grandpuits fuel base is closed on weekends.
Blockades by strikers lead to a reduction in fuel supplies, so gas stations often run out of gasoline and diesel fuel. TotalEnergies operates nearly a third of France’s power stations.
But the group is also taking issue with the success of a 20-cent discount at the pumps that it has been offering since Sept. 1, on top of the state’s 30-cent discount.