deficit continues at STA

deficit continues at STA

TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil say they are ready to negotiate with unions. Elizabeth Bourne promises that the situation will improve thanks to supplies from strategic reserves.

Soon a social conflict that blocks the refinery and causes a shortage of fuel at the STA? TotalEnergies, whose three French refineries are closed, made a gesture towards the strikers on Sunday. “The company proposes to schedule mandatory annual negotiations in October, which were scheduled for November», the group explains in a press release. One condition: stop blocking sites in advance. The CGT, which is pulling the strings of this strike, dropped the ballast on Saturday. Forgot the claims for hiring and investing in France. The trade union is determined to talk only about wages for the negotiations. “We are ready to start them on Monday only based on our salaries.», Eric Cellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, explains on Twitter. For its part, the management of Esso-ExxonMobil in France announced in a press release Sunday night that they intend to meet on Monday “Four trade unions representing staff”.

About time: With this more than ten-day strike affecting five of France’s eight refineries (TotalEnergies and Esso sites), supplies of super and diesel are trickling in at the pumps. In addition, TotalEnergies outlets, which offer 30% discounts, are being taken by storm. As a result, on Sunday, 29.7% of gas stations in France experienced difficulties with deliveries. The situation is very alarming in two regions: Haut-de-France, where 54.8% of stations are missing, and Ile-de-France, where 44.9% are in the same situation.

If Total is now less flexible, it is because it has heard the executive’s calls for reconciliation: the Elysée knows that fuel shortages could quickly degenerate in France. On Friday, Emmanuel Macron called on all parties to be responsible. On Sunday, the Minister of Environmental Transition, Agnes Panier-Runache, continued the pressure: “I would like to reiterate the Government’s very strong call to the management and unions of Total and Esso. A solution must be found immediately within the framework of social dialogue, which must take place within companies.» Until the content of the tax on excess profits is decided, the French group is not interested in alienating the state authorities.

Operators are already well paid

For its part, the CGT knows that its troops may be tired after an already long conflict where it is not supported by all unions. “CFDT is not so much for pre-emptive strikes”, according to his boss, Laurent Berger. But if negotiations do take place, they will be tough because the parties are not on the same page: CGT is demanding a 10% increase in wages. TotalEnergies handles ambiguity. He has a desire for all employees to be prioritized in value sharing and fairly rewarded for their efforts on their payroll by the end of the year“. But he points out that refinery operators should not be complaining with an average salary of €5,000 a month, including profit sharing and participation. Pending a deal, Prime Minister Elizabeth Bourne is promising that stock shortages at the pumps will ease this week thanks to “supplies” from “strategic actions” French.

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