Shortage of fuel. At TotalEnergies, CGT is willing to limit its demands to wages

Shortage of fuel.  At TotalEnergies, CGT is willing to limit its demands to wages

The CGT, which is leading the ongoing strikes at TotalEnergies, says it is ready to start negotiations on Monday on the single issue of a wage increase, leaving aside its demands for employment and investment, according to an open letter sent on Saturday, October 8 to the group’s CEO.

To break the deadlock, we repeat our request to start negotiations, hoping that you will finally hear it. We are ready to start them on Monday only based on our earnings.​, writes Eric Cellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, in this letter addressed to the group’s CEO Patrick Pouillan and posted on Twitter.

CGT requires a 10% increase over 2022 – 7% for inflation, 3% for sharing of wealth while the group posted $10.6 billion in profits in the first half.

Inflexible schedule

For its part, management recalls that it has approved wage measures in 2022 that represent an average increase of 3.5%, and refers to the 2023 wage negotiation session scheduled for November 15. This schedule seems inflexible.

In addition to the wage increase, the CGT demanded for several months a hiring freeze in France and large-scale investment plan in France.

If it can achieve anything, we leave aside the issue of jobs and investment.Eric Cellini told AFP.

In particular, the trade union demanded consider in depth the issue of temporary work and short contracts​, – added Eric Cellini.

The country’s economy is under threat

The deficit situation in the country, which is a consequence of the inability to discuss wage issues with the management, causes strong dissatisfaction and threatens to slow down the country’s economyadds the post office to justify this concession, also recalling the government’s support for the wage increase.

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The employees of our company, thanks to their work, allowed the Group to get stratospheric profits– continues his letter. As evidence, the ability of the general management to release an exceptional envelope of 2.62 billion euros for shareholders very quickly.

We went very quickly to pay the remuneration to the shareholders, but we tell the employees that it is urgent to wait: why this difference in attitude?asked Thierry Defren, CGT secretary of the TotalEnergies European Committee, joined by AFP.

TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanne has not yet spoken publicly about the strike, but in an internal group video on Tuesday he acknowledged that campaign results in 2022 are exceptional and announced we will not forget you.

Asked on Saturday about France Inter the general secretary of the CFDT, Laurent Berger, for his part, did not approve of them preventive strikesfinding it necessary to go through negotiations first.

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