What is the CGT doing? After already two weeks of conflict, it announced the renewal of its strike movement in several depots and refineries of TotalEnergies until Tuesday, October 11 and its extension to certain service stations. Elisabeth Borne, the Prime Minister, was to organize Monday evening, with several ministers, an emergency meeting on the question.
The CGT is demanding a 10% increase in wages, with 7% for inflation and 3% for the sharing of wealth, after the record profits made by the energy company, with 18.8 billion dollars (as much in euros) for the first semester alone. At Esso-ExxonMobil, the strike in the two refineries was also renewed.
A third of stations are affected by a lack of fuel
This position is not followed by the other unions. “The CFDT is not so much for preventive strikes”, explained its secretary general, Laurent Berger questioned on France Inter, Saturday, October 8, criticizing this strategy of the CGT to engage “only the balance of power without going to the end of the logic which is to negotiate and to record a compromise by an agreement”.
As a result, nearly a third of the stations are running out of at least one fuel, the queues are getting longer, and motorists are increasingly exasperated. The assurance given by Elisabeth Borne that the situation was going “improve throughout the week”as deliveries arrive, in particular from “strategic stocks”, hardly convinced.
“The CGT is in a logic to the end. As she loses ground everywhere, she hopes to federate discontent», assures a former member of the government. The power is worried about a possible strike in the LNG terminals, likely to slow down gas deliveries as winter approaches.
At EDF, management is also concerned about the reluctance sometimes observed in recent weeks in the maintenance operations necessary for the restart of certain shutdown reactors. At the TotalEnergies refinery in Feyzin, in the Lyon suburbs, only the personnel in charge of shipments are on strike, thus blocking entrances and exits.
An attractive salary scale
In the current crisis, the employees of the group led by Patrick Pouyanné do not seem to be the most to be pitied. The management of TotalEnergies thus issued a press release on Sunday, October 9, recalling that the gross monthly remuneration of an operator in its French refineries was €5,000 gross on average, including profit-sharing and participation in the results (€9,108 on average per employee for this year), precisely thanks to the profits made by the company.
In January 2022, employees benefited from an average increase of 3.5%, in line with 2021 inflation, and the branch agreement which has just been signed on October 3 provides for next year 6.7% increase in guaranteed minimum annual compensation.