TotalEnergies ready to consent in October on wages if the blockages end

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The management of TotalEnergies proposes to advance the mandatory annual negotiations to October subject to the end of the blocking of deposits, one can read in a press release published on Sunday by the group.

TotalEnergies proposes to bring forward the annual wage negotiations to October, provided that the strikes in several refineries and fuel depots which have caused disruptions in the supply of fine tobacco, the group indicated, Sunday, October 9, in a press release .

“Subject to the end of the blocking of deposits and the agreement of all the social partners, the Company proposes to anticipate in October the mandatory annual negotiation (NAO) which was planned for November”, according to this group statement.

For the moment, the CGT union at the origin of the movement has not reacted. A little earlier, he had proposed, to start negotiations on Monday, to limit his demands to the question of a salary increase.

This announcement from TotalEnergies comes a few hours after the strike movement in several French refineries and fuel depots began ten days ago and was renewed on Sunday at TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil.

Mobilization for wage increases

“The movement has been renewed everywhere”, explained Eric Sellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, “in the absence of a response from the general management” to the open letter sent on Saturday to the group’s CEO Patrick Pouyanné.

As a result, the group’s largest refinery, based in Normandy, that of Feyzin (Rhône), the “bio-refinery” of La Mède (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Flanders fuel depot near Dunkirk (North) are “still completely at a standstill”, he said.

“If we start negotiations, it will be on the basis of our demands: we are asking for a 10% increase in wages”, and that this be “applied to the 1uh January and retroactive to the year 2022,” he added.

The two sites of the American Esso-ExxonMobil in Normandy and Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône) are “still at a total stop on Sunday”, also indicated the elected CGT Christophe Aubert, who assures that “nothing comes out of the refineries” on Sunday.

The CGT demanded Friday wage increases more substantial than those proposed by management, which according to Mr. Aubert suggested “5.5% increase on average with a bonus of 3,000 euros for 2023”. An increase “which is not sufficient to cover galloping inflation, which is more in a context of superprofits”, revealed Christophe Aubert.

The penal strike “the French who work”

Blockages by the strikers led to a drop in fuel deliveries, generating shortages of gasoline or diesel stocks in particular in Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France.

The leader of the Renaissance deputies Aurore Bergé deplored on Sunday that the strike in several penal refineries first “the French who work”, calling to put “pressure” on both companies and unions to find an agreement.

“Yes, on a company (TotalEnergies, editor’s note) which has made exceptional profits. It is legitimate for employees to ask to benefit from these exceptional results which have also been achieved thanks to them”, she declared.

“What is unacceptable is that these same employees, at the request and the constraint of the CGT, are once again preventive strikes which have an impact on the French who work”, she insisted.

For his part Jordan Bardella, candidate for the presidency of the National Rally, showed that “TotalÉnergies today has in its hands the possibility of unblocking the situation”.

“A company that makes profits is normal, but here we are talking about super-profits which are undue, decorrelated from” the company and “must therefore also benefit the increase in wages”, he said. was added on France Inter / France televisions / Le Monde, considering that the demands of the employees “are perfectly legitimate”.

For the boss of senators LR Bruno Retailleau “it has only lasted too long” because “a union cannot take France hostage”. Accusing the government “of discarding”, he asked him “for a requisition so that we can release the production force of our refineries”.

“We have to get out of the culture of the strike, the gréviculture”, affirmed Mr. Retailleau, candidate for the presidency of his party, on RTL / Le Figaro / LCI.

With AFP


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