Faced with strikes, TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil are ready to negotiate

Motorists on edge, political pressure… TotalEnergies offered on Sunday to bring forward its annual wage talks to October, responding to the CGT’s outstretched hand, provided the blockades end at refineries and fuel depots, while Esso-ExxonMobil plans to bring the unions together on Monday. At 3pm on Sunday, 29.7% of gas stations in France were short of at least one fuel (compared to 21% on Saturday), the energy transition ministry said.

At TotalEnergies, negotiations from October instead of November “will make it possible to define how the employees can benefit before the end of the year from the extraordinary results generated by TotalEnergies, while taking into account inflation for the year 2022.”, the group assures, which manages almost a third of the gas stations in France.

CGT requires a 10% increase

Since the start of the movement ten days ago, CGT has demanded a 10% pay rise – 7% for inflation, 3% for wealth sharing – the energy giant has made $10.6 billion in profits in the first half of the year. of 2022.

“We are going to study the proposals carefully and meet tomorrow morning with the different sites to decide on the continuation of the movement”, responded to AFP Eric Sellini, CGT coordinator at TotalEnergies, who regretted that the management did not have direct exchange with the trade union. Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher welcomed the announcement from TotalEnergies and believed the conflict should “end”.

Salary discussions

The management of Esso-ExxonMobil in France announced in a press release on Sunday evening its intention to bring together on Monday “the four trade union organizations representing the staff”. The group, whose two refineries in France have been shut down, says it is “convinced (that) the quality of the social dialogue, committed and continuous with the organizations representing the staff, will allow to quickly end the conflict”.

Salary negotiations started at Esso France on 20 September. The proposal currently on the table has only been approved by the CFE-CGC. The French branch of the American group called for an end to the strike on Sunday. Pressure from government officials has increased in recent days on the two groups and the strikers to negotiate.

“I would like to confirm the government’s very firm appeal to the leaders and unions of TotalEnergies and Esso: a solution must be found without delay within the framework of social dialogue (…) The French must no longer suffer the consequences of a social movement,” said Mrs. Pannier-Runacher.

Refueling in Belgium

Agnès Pannier-Runacher urged “all our fellow citizens not to fill up”, some gas stations were stormed with 30% to 35% extra consumption.

As of Sunday, many of them were still dealing with fractures. “I’m a taxi driver, I haven’t been able to work for two days,” lamented Thierry, 60, who was growing impatient after waiting three hours for a delivery at the Esso station on boulevard de la Villette in Paris. .

At gas stations, the situation got even worse on Sunday in Hauts-de-France, where 54.8% of them had problems, and in Ile-de-France, where 44.9% were in difficulty.

The government, which has effectively drawn on the country’s strategic reserves and increased fuel imports to deal with the crisis, recalled that tankers had been allowed to circulate throughout the weekend.

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