Motorists at the border, political pressure… TotalEnergies offered on Sunday to move its annual wage talks to October, responding to an outstretched hand by CGT, on the condition that lockouts end at refineries and fuel depots, while Esso-ExxonMobil plans to ‘unite the unions on Monday. At 15:00 on Sunday, 29.7% of gas stations in France were short of at least one type of fuel (compared to 21% on Saturday), the Ministry of Energy Transitions said.
At TotalEnergies, negotiations from October instead of November “will allow to determine how employees can benefit by the end of the year from the exceptional results obtained by TotalEnergies, also taking into account inflation in 2022”, – assures. a group that controls almost a third of the STAs in France.
CGT requires a 10% increase.
Since the movement began ten days ago, CGT has been demanding a 10% pay rise – 7% for inflation, 3% for wealth distribution – with the energy giant making $10.6 billion in profits in the first half of 2022.
“We are going to carefully study the proposals and meet tomorrow morning with the various sites to decide on the continuation of the movement,” Eric Cellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, told AFP, regretting that the management did not have a direct exchange with the union. Energy Transition Minister Agnes Panier-Runacher welcomed the TotalEnergies announcement, suggesting the conflict must “end”.
For its part, the management of Esso-ExxonMobil in France announced in a press release on Sunday night that it intends to bring together “four trade unions representing staff” on Monday. The group, whose two French refineries are closed, says it is “convinced (that) the quality of the social dialogue that has been and continues to be carried out with organizations representing staff will allow the conflict to end quickly”.
Salary discussions began at Esso France on September 20. The proposal currently on the table has only been approved by the CFE-CGC. The French branch of the American group called for an end to the strike on Sunday. Pressure from government officials has intensified in recent days on the two groups and the strikers to come to an agreement.
“I would like to reaffirm the very strong call of the government to the leaders and unions of TotalEnergies and Esso: a solution must be found without delay in the social dialogue (…) The French must no longer suffer the consequences of the social movement,” said Ms. Panier-Runacher.
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Agnes Panier-Runachet called on “all our fellow citizens not to stock up”, some service stations storming with 30% to 35% of additional consumption.
As of Sunday, many of them were still dealing with breakups. “I’m a taxi driver, I couldn’t work for two days,” lamented Thierry, 60, who lost patience after waiting three hours for a delivery at an Esso station on Boulevard de la Villette in Paris. .
At service stations, the situation worsened further on Sunday in Haut-de-France, where 54.8% of them encountered difficulties, and Ile-de-France, where 44.9% encountered problems.
The government, which did use the country’s strategic reserves and increased fuel imports to fight the crisis, recalled that tanker trucks were allowed to circulate all weekend.