Believing to do well, the CEO of Total, Patrick Pouyanné, announced in a Tweet on December 11, 2018 that “
given the good results of Total in 2018, we are offering our unions an overall increase of +3.1 % and an exceptional bonus of 1,500 euros for all our employees in France.
If this "Macron bonus" was paid to employees, this was not the case in some companies partially owned by the group.
In particular, the Aviation Fuel and Storage Company (Sasca), 60% owned by the oil giant.
The amount of the Macron bonus that year was only 400 euros.
An unacceptable situation for the CGT of the subsidiary, which sued Total to demand payment of the remaining 1,100 euros.
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Sasca is a 60% subsidiary of Total Marketing Service, itself a 100% subsidiary of Total SA.
For the court, it appears that "
SA TOTAL controls it because it indirectly holds a fraction of the capital giving it the majority of voting rights
The promise made by Total to pay a bonus of 1,500 euros to all employees therefore concerned those of Sasca, said the Créteil court in its decision dated last November.
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If the tweet is at the origin of the complaint, it is considered an "
" to characterize the unilateral commitment of the group for the benefit of Sasca employees, according to the court. However, an internal communication sent at the time to the unions committed it to the payment of this bonus to “
all employees of the subsidiaries
”. Justice therefore condemned the oil giant to supplement the bonus from which Sasca employees had benefited so that it is the same as for all other employees of the group.