strike action resumed at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil

strike action resumed at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil

The mobilization called by the CGT affects several French refineries and fuel depots.

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Tensions over fuel continue. The strike, affecting several refineries and French fuel depots, resumed on Saturday, October 8, at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil, the CGT announced. Three out of six French refineries remained closed on Saturday, the union said. This is the largest TotalEnergies refinery in Normandy, as well as two French refineries of the American Esso-ExxonMobil.

“About 70% of us are on strike”, assures Christoph Ober, elected CGT at ExxonMobil. In addition, at the TotalEnergies refinery in Fezine (Rhône) “at 6am the control room was 100% strikers”.Pedro Afonso, elected by the CGT, told AFP. “Usually 250-300 trucks a day and 30 to 50 wagons. Nothing will work out”even if the refinery continues to produce, he added.

On the part of the French energy group, in addition to its Normandy refinery, strikers have been mobilized en masse in recent days at a fuel depot in Flanders, near Dunkirk (North), on “bio-oil refinery” La Med (Bouches du Rhône) and at the Grandpuis fuel depot (Seine and Marne), according to CGT.

The lockout of the strikers leads to a reduction in fuel supplies, so gas stations often run out of water. TotalEnergies, which operates almost a third of France’s stations, also blamed the problems on the success of the 20 cent discount at the pump it has been offering since September 1, on top of the 30 cent government discount.

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