Gasoline shortage: CGT strikes at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil resume

Gasoline shortage: CGT strikes at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil resume

Strikes at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil resumed this Sunday, affecting several French refineries and fuel depots, halting fuel supplies at gas stations for several days.

Gasoline, the rare gold of the last days for motorists. Indeed, several refineries and fuel depots have been on strike since the end of September, as their employees are demanding higher wages. The strike resumed this Sunday at TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil, according to the CGT.

So, according to CGT, three of six French refineries are still shut down, including the largest TotalEnergies refinery in Normandy, as well as two French refineries of the American Esso-ExxonMobil.

“Traffic has been restored everywhere,” explained Eric Cellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, “in the absence of a response from the general management” in an open letter sent on Saturday to the group’s CEO, Patrick Pouillan.

Although many service stations are still experiencing supply disruptions, the energy giant’s CGT union has offered to start talks on Monday to limit its demands to higher wages. Since then, “it’s been radio silence,” the CGT coordinator commented.

Difficulties with supplies

At the French energy company, in addition to the Normandy refinery, strikers have been mobilized en masse in recent days at the Flanders fuel depot, near Dunkirk (North), at the La Med “bio-refinery” in Bouches-du-Rhône and, in particular, at fuel warehouse Grandpuits (Seine and Marne) in order to limit the outflow of petroleum products as much as possible, according to CGT.

These pickets logically led to a drop in fuel supplies, which meant that a large number of gas stations were unable to provide themselves with gasoline and diesel fuel. According to several ministers, about 15% of French gas stations do not have one or more types of fuel.

TotalEnergies, which operates almost a third of France’s stations, nevertheless put the phenomenon into perspective, explaining that the violations were also linked to the success of the 20 cent discount at the pump that the group has been offering since September 1, in addition to the state discount of 30 cents .

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