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Pensions: after garbage collectors, refiners could be requisitioned in the event of a stoppage


“We showed in the fall that we knew how to take our responsibilities here again, we will take them,” warned the Minister Delegate for Industry, Roland Lescure, on Saturday.

Industry Minister Roland Lescure suggested on Saturday that the government could make requisitions in the event of the shutdown of refineries by employees on strike against the pension reform.

Asked about a risk of a fuel shortage, the Minister replied: "

We showed in the autumn that we knew how to take our responsibilities there again, we will take them

", in reference to the requisitions then taken to unblock oil sites during wage strikes.

He stressed that such measures were "

being deployed

" with Parisian garbage collectors.

We are not going to leave 65 million French men and women and a country together blocked by a few dozen individuals.

So, the strike, (...) it is obviously an inalienable right, but the blocking of some individuals of a country (...), it is not possible

, ”added the minister.

Assuring that "

today, most service stations in France and Navarre have gasoline

", Roland Lescure was critical of the leader of the CGT of Bouches-du-Rhône, Olivier Mateu, whom he called, without naming him, an "

arsonist firefighter

", who "

tries to create panic, anxiety so that people go to get gas and suddenly we end up potentially without


The trade unionist, candidate for the succession of Philippe Martinez at the head of the CGT, had advised Monday to "

comrades who get up in the morning to go to work

" to "

stock up, because it will not last forever

», after the oil terminals of Fos-sur-Mer and Lavéra went on strike.

At least two refineries, that of PetroIneos in Lavéra (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Normandy refinery of TotalEnergies in Gonfreville-l'Orcher (Manche), could be shut down from this weekend and at the latest Monday, according to the CGT.

Until now, the strikers had contented themselves with blocking fuel shipments, but the refineries continued to produce.

Source: lefigaro

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