TotalEnergies is ready to move forward with pay talks if the strike ends

TotalEnergies is ready to move forward with pay talks if the strike ends

Management proposes to start negotiations on salary increases in October, instead of mid-November.

The TotalEnergies group, which is fighting the CGT in the social struggle, has proposed to start negotiations on the wage increase demanded by the union in October. “TotalEnergies calls on everyone to take responsibility so that the company can supply the French (fuel) in the best possible conditionssays the oil company. For its part, the CGT, which renewed its strike action this Sunday, said it was ready this Sunday to start talks on Monday, while the strike is causing supply disruptions across France.

Discussions were originally scheduled to begin in mid-November. But faced with tensions caused by fuel shortages, TotalEnergies decided to postpone the date of the talks. The government and the presidential majority are increasing their speeches to put pressure on the leadership and the CGT. “The strike punishes the French who work“, announced this Sunday Auro Berger, deputy of La Renaissance.


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These negotiationswill determine how employees can benefit by the end of the year from the exceptional results achieved by TotalEnergies, adjusted for inflation in 2022“, – assures the French group, which received a profit of 10.6 billion dollars in the first half of 2022. He recalls that it has already been agreed with the social partners to postpone these mandatory annual negotiations to November 2022 (NAO )”for French employees of the TotalEnergies Common Social Base, rather than waiting until January 2023 as is usually the case“.

With many service stations still experiencing supply disruptions, the energy giant’s CGT sent an open letter to TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyane on Saturday in which it made concessions in the hope of starting talks on Monday. The union proposed to limit the discussion to only the issue of salary increases, for the time being rejecting their demands for hiring and investment. “If we start negotiations, based on our demands: we ask for a 10% salary increase.“and let it be”applies from January 1 and is retroactive to 2022“, however, clarified Eric Cellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies.

The strike, initiated ten days ago at the oil refineries and fuel depots of TotalEnergies and US group Esso-ExxonMobil, was resumed early Sunday morning and then again at 2pm by workers, the CGT told AFP. On the side of TotalEnergies, the group’s largest refinery, located in Normandy, in Faisin (Rhône), “bio-oil refineryLa Med (Bouches du Rhône) and Flanders Fuel Depot near Dunkirk (Northern)always completely off“, According to CGT.

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