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French employees of TotalEnergies on strike for wages, at the call of the CGT


The union is calling for refineries to be blocked, which could lead to lower throughputs at service stations.

The employees of TotalEnergies in France started a strike of at least three days on Tuesday, to demand in particular an increase in their wages, at the call of the CGT, threatening to block the supply of fuel service stations.

We are calling not to take out any product from refineries and petrochemicals, where the CGT is established

,” Benjamin Tange, CGT central trade union representative for the petrochemical refining of TotalEnergies in France, told AFP.

Among the main sites concerned, the La Mède biorefinery (Bouches-du-Rhône), the Normandy refineries in Le Havre, Donges (Loire-Atlantique), Carling (Moselle), Feyzin (Rhône) and Oudalle (Seine-Maritime), as well as the fuel depots of Grandpuits (Seine-et-Marne), and Flandres (Nord).

In addition to an "

immediate salary increase of 10% for the year 2022

", the CGT calls for the "

unfreezing of hiring

" in France and "

a massive investment plan

" in France, recalled Benjamin Tange, stressing that these claims had already been at the origin of movements on June 24 and July 28 last.

Some of the employees receive "

extremely low salaries and there is a need to revalue them to the level of what the group generates as profits

", underlined the union official, who hopes "

a very strong mobilization

", in order to continue to weigh the next days.

Lower throughput at service stations

In addition to disruptions in the supply of fuel stations, he estimated that the production of refineries could experience a drop in flows of 20 to 30%, in the event of strong mobilization.

TotalEnergies employs 35,000 people in France, including its subsidiaries.

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An interview at the level of the oil branch is scheduled for the 27th, which is why the start of the movement is expected on that day, mainly in the oil sites.

They should be joined by the other sites of the group the following days, with the line of sight on the day of action in all economic sectors on Thursday, at the call of the CGT and Solidaires.

TotalEnergies made huge profits in the second quarter of 2022, taking full advantage of the rise in oil and gas prices, which followed Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Source: lefigaro

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