Fuel: TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil ready for dialogue with unions

Fuel: TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil ready for dialogue with unions

Finally get out of the social conflict that has been troubling motorists for a week? The TotalEnergies group has offered to postpone annual salary talks until October, provided that strikes at several refineries and fuel depots, which are causing supply disruptions, end. Esso-ExxonMobil management said it intended to meet with unions on Monday.

“Subject to the end of the deposit freeze and the agreement of all social partners, the Company proposes to hold in October the mandatory annual negotiations that were planned for November,” TotalEnergies announced on Sunday in a statement. These talks “will allow us to determine how employees can benefit by the end of the year from the exceptional results obtained by TotalEnergies, taking into account also inflation in 2022,” said the French group, which earned $10.6 billion in profits in the first half of 2022.

He recalls that it has already been agreed with the social partners to postpone these mandatory annual negotiations (NAO) to November 2022 “for French employees of the TotalEnergies common social base, and not to wait for January 2023, as is usually the case”.

“If we start negotiations, then on the basis of our demands”

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.

“When we start negotiations, it will be based on our demands: we are asking for a 10% increase in wages” and that it “applies before January 1 and retroactively until 2022,” however, Eric Cellini clarified. , CGT Coordinator at TotalEnergies.

Esso-ExxonMobil is also making a move

The management of Esso-ExxonMobil, for its part, announced this Sunday its intention to gather on Monday “the four unions representing the staff”. Esso France says it is “convinced (that) the quality of the active and continuous social dialogue with the organizations representing the workers will enable a quick resolution of the conflict.”

The group recalls that the unions have already agreed on an overall wage increase of “6.5% and a value share bonus of €3,000 (excluding participation and profit sharing)”. But the current management offer, according to CGT union representative Christoph Ober, “is not enough to cover the galloping inflation, which is more in the context of super profits”, he estimated this Sunday morning.

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 2 p.m. by workers, the CGT said. As for TotalEnergies, the group’s largest refinery, located in Normandy, in Fezine (Rhône), the “bio-refinery” in La Mede (Bouches-du-Rhone) and the Flanders fuel depot near Dunkirk (in the north) “are still fully at a standstill,” CGT reports.

Two Esso-ExxonMobil refineries have also been closed since September 21: Gravanchon (Seine-Maritime) and Fosse-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhone).

Earlier in the day, Energy Transition Minister Agnes Panier-Runachet called on oil company management to take new measures: “I would like to reiterate the government’s very strong call to the leaders and trade unions of TotalEnergies and ‘Esso: a solution must be found without delay within social dialogue”. “The French must no longer suffer the consequences of a social movement. This conflict must be stopped,” she insisted.

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