Fuels: strike lifted at three TotalEnergies sites

published on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 10:37 p.m.

The mobilization of strikers at TotalEnergies oil sites fell sharply on Wednesday with the lifting of the strike at three sites, while two others decided to continue their confrontation with management, the government insisting that the situation “continues to improve” in the fuel . front before the holidays.

The striking workers of the “Flandres” site in Mardyck (North), near Dunkirk (refinery and depot), and La Mède in Bouches-du-Rhône (biorefinery and depot), “suspended” their movement on Wednesday night, when the night teams had to take their turn, AFP learned Eric Sellini, national coordinator of the CGT for TotalEnergies.

Three weeks after the start of the mobilization for wages, that same day the end of the strike at the Donges refinery (Loire-Atlantique) had been voted.

On the other hand, the movement was renewed at Gonfreville in Seine-Maritime (refinery and deposit) and at the Feyzin deposit (Rhône), indicated Mr. Sellini.

Facing lines of exasperated motorists outside empty gas stations for days, the government has wanted to be reassuring throughout the day.

“The situation continues to improve markedly” on the fuel supply front, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said.

“I know that the situation is still difficult for many of our compatriots, but the momentum is there and I want to call on striking employees again to return to work,” he added.

On Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., 20.3% of service stations had supply difficulties in at least one fuel (compared to 24.8% on Tuesday), with situations still tense in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté ( 33.1%), Ile-de-France (30.5%) and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (29.4%), according to figures from the Ministry of Energy Transition.

The Vinci Autoroutes group has announced that at least 90% of the service stations in its network are able to supply fuel: “Continuity of service in the 181 service areas of the Vinci Autoroutes network is 90% guaranteed on average for unleaded gasoline, and 92% on average for diesel.

– “Not to harm the citizen” –

In a rush to speed up deliveries to stations, just days before the first holiday departures, the government requisitioned employees at the Feyzin site on Wednesday, to relieve the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regions.

“The release of the Feyzin deposit allows for significant improvements”, assured the Prime Minister. A total of 20 people were affected by these requisitions for the day this Wednesday, according to the prefecture.

According to the site’s CGT union representative, Pedro Afonso, 195 trucks left the depot during the day (the refinery was closed for technical reasons).

In the act, “the striking workers will not call off the strike until they have nothing concrete on the table”, declared Mr. Afonso after a meeting with the local management, estimating that the latter’s position will evolve “in the coming days if and only if the strike continues”.

“The strikers are not there to harm the citizen or the user (…) but (…) to try to obtain legitimate demands for the employees,” added the Feyzin union representative.

The CGT told AFP on Wednesday morning that it had proposed an “exit protocol for the end of the conflict” to the group’s leadership, which the latter refused.

This protocol provided for “negotiations on employment and investment”, “local negotiations on the specific issues raised by the strikers”, as well as “guarantees on the absence of repression against the strikers”, according to Mr. Sellini.

For its part, TotalEnergies recalled that an agreement was reached on Friday with the group’s two majority unions, the CFE-CGC and the CFDT. A text that the CGT has not signed.

“The negotiations have therefore ended,” the group told AFP.

The agreement provides for a general increase of 5% in salary, accompanied by individual increases and an exceptional bonus of between 3,000 and 6,000 euros. The CGT demanded a 10% wage increase to offset inflation and take advantage of the exceptional income the group earned.

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