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Fuel shortages: strikes at Total and Exxon renew, more than one gas station out of five affected

At TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil, CGT strikes have been renewed this Saturday, the day after a stimulus to negotiations launched by the Government, which relaxed the rules for fuel transport this weekend in an attempt to resolve supply tensions at the stations.

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The situation should continue to improve, since authorizations have been taken to so that the tankers can circulate this weekend” Y “that we have withdrawn from the strategic stock“, said Christophe Béchu, Minister of Ecological Transition interviewed on Saturday on Franceinfo. At noon this Saturday, a little more thanone in five gas stations (20.7%) experienced supply difficulties in at least one fuel, according to the ministry.

the CGT”reiterate“your order”opening of negotiations“, in an open letter to Patrick Pouyanné, CEO of TotalEnergies, published this Saturday on Twitter. While a strike movement has affected French refineries for ten days, the CGT says to itself”readylimit your claims to wages only, for start discussionsfrom Monday“.

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TotalEnergies CEO Patrick Pouyanné has not commented publicly on the strike, but in an internal group video on Tuesday he acknowledged that “the company’s results are exceptional in 2022″ and stated “We will not forget you“.

The CGT demands an increase of 10% in 2022, 7% for inflation, 3% for “share the wealth“.she believes that”updating“January is”insufficient” in sight “real levels of inflation” Y “I expect a positive answer“of the French tanker.

For its part, the management recalls that it has granted salary measures that represent an average increase of 3.5% in 2022 and refers to a negotiation session scheduled for November 15 for the salaries of 2023. It seems inflexible in this calendar.

The CFDT is not in favor of these “preventive strikes”

Guest this Saturday at France Inter, Laurent Berger acknowledges that the employees “They are right to demand wage increases,” but according to the CFDT leader, “we didn’t need” of this strike, particularly at Total. “I assume”he said. “In Exxon there are negotiations that continue until today, we already have a certain number of achievements, we will continue to fight. In Total, negotiations open on November 15. The CFDT is not so much for preventive strikes: it is for action when we are discussing the issue,” specifies. According to the secretary general of the CFDT, the CGT has unnecessarily advanced the negotiations.

Three refineries closed

Saturday, three of the six French refineries remained closed, according to the CGT: the largest refinery of TotalEnergies, in Normandy, and the two French refineries of the American Esso-ExxonMobil, where the movement was renewed on Saturday. “We are about 70% strikers“, specified Christophe Aubert, elected CGT at ExxonMobil, “it is the same template all weekend, so it should not change and nothing comes out there“.

Furthermore, at the TotalEnergies refinery in Feyzin (Rhône), “there were 100% strikers in the dispatch service at 6 am“, said Pedro Afonso, elected CGT. “Normally there are 250 to 300 trucks per day and between 30 and 50 wagons – there are nothing will come out“, he added, although the refinery continues to produce.

At TotalEnergies, in addition to the Normandy refinery, strikers have mobilized en masse in recent days at the Flanders fuel depot, near Dunkirk (North), at the La Mède “bio-refinery” (Bouches-du- Rhône) and at the Grandpuits fuel depot (Seine-et-Marne) in particular, to limit the output of petroleum products as much as possibleaccording to the CGT.

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