strike at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil resumed this Sunday, CGT ready to limit its wage demands

strike at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil resumed this Sunday, CGT ready to limit its wage demands

The CGT is poised to start talks on Monday as the strike creates supply disruptions across France.

TotalEnergies’ CGT is extending its strike this Sunday, October 9. “Traffic was restored everywhere“, Eric Cellini, CGT Coordinator at TotalEnergies, explained, “in the absence of a response from the general managementin an open letter sent to the group’s CEO, Patrick Puyane, on Saturday.

The union had earlier offered to limit its demands to a pay rise to begin talks on Monday in a full strike at refineries and warehouses, due to still significant supply disruptions at service stations. The CGT did offer to drop its hiring and investment demands in France to begin talks after a ten-day strike that shut down the French group’s main refinery and two other Esso.-ExxonMobil groups.

We are ready to begin [les négociations] from Monday only based on our demand for laborEric Cellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, wrote on Saturday in an open letter addressed to TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouillan and posted on Twitter.

The latter has not spoken publicly about the move to date, but admitted in an internal group video on Tuesday that “campaign results in 2022 are exceptional– $10.6 billion in profits in the first half – and said: “we will not forget you“. In recent days, pressure from the leadership on the grouping has intensified. On Friday, from Prague, President Emmanuel Macron called on oil groups and unions “responsibility“, as stated by the statements of several ministers who are seeking to raise salaries.

There is no general problem with supplies for our country, it is important to repeat this“Clément Bon, Minister of Transport, commented in turn on Saturday. “There are localized phenomena related to social movements: everyone is called to account, business and trade unions, as the Prime Minister said yesterday, so that the situation is resolved as soon as possible; it is also in their hands, we urge them to do so“, he said on the sidelines of Paralympic Day in Paris on Saturday.

As a result of, among other things, these strikes, “20.7% of STAs experience difficulty with at least one product“, against 19% the day before, according to a count on Saturday at 1:00 PM from the Ministry of Energy. “Haute-de-France and Ile-de-France remain particularly affected, even if the situation there improves slightly“, the authorities claim. Thus, in the Pas de Calais “41% of stations are facing difficulties“, that is, gaps in at least one fuel,”against 52% the day before yesterday“, and 39% on Saturday in the north (versus 47% on Thursday).

an increase of 10%.

The measures we took, including the permission to refuel heavy-duty vehicles at stations on weekends, made it possible to stabilize the situation at the national level.“, the Minister of Energy Agnes Panier-Runachet told the press on Saturday afternoon.

CGT launched its movement in late September demanding a 10% pay rise in 2022 – 7% for inflation, 3% for wealth distribution. 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.

We have a stark contrast to management that refuses, despite gigantic benefits, to discuss salaries for 2022.“, said Alexis Antonioli, General Secretary of the CGT on the Normandy platform, considering himself “taken hostage“by direction”who refuses to open a discussion“. “70% to 90% of teams“strike”we mobilized 100 to 150 daily employees“, he added.

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When asked on Saturday about France Inter, CFDT general secretary Laurent Berger, for his part, did not approve of these “preventive strikes“, considering it necessary to go through negotiations first. On Saturday, three of six French refineries were still closed, according to CGT: TotalEnergies’ largest refinery in Normandy and two French refineries of US-based Esso-ExxonMobil.

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 extremely 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.

In addition, at the TotalEnergies refinery in Fezine (Rhône) “at 6 a.m. the control room was 100% full of strikers.“, said Pedro Afonso, elected by the CGT, preventing the trucks from filling up. The strikers’ blockades lead to a reduction in fuel supplies, so gas stations run out of petrol and diesel more often. TotalEnergies operates almost a third of France’s stations. But the group also has problems with its success the 20-centime discount at the pump, which it has been offering since September 1, in addition to the state’s 30-centime discount.

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