unions ready to negotiate, Force Ouvrière joins the movement

18:42, 12 October 2022, changed to 20:02, 12 October 2022

The strike movement in the refineries has been renewed for another day. On Wednesday, the labor organization Force Ouvrière (FO) announced that it was joining the wage protest movement initiated by the CGT. In a press release, FO announces: The FO federations in Donges (Loire-Atlantique), Feyzin (Rhône), Normandy (Seine-Maritime), La Mède (Bouches-du-Rhône), Grandpuits/Gargenville (Seine-et-Marne), Flandres (North) all have joined the legal strike that started on September 27, 2022. The union condemns the announcement from TotalEnergies, which ” unleashes his employees to public condemnation by posing as the wealthy “and the absence” of a social dialogue worthy of the name “. It also regrets the government’s decision to go ahead with requisitions.

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For its part, CFE-CGC, the lead union at TotalEnergies, also states in a press release that it has “ has always been in favor of negotiations prior to any strike or blockade action “and say” deeply deplores the shortage the French are facing “.

That is what the professional organization indicates anyway management reaps somewhere what it has sown “when she was alerted” for months ” on it ” deterioration of the social climate. “. And to add that ” many employees understand the current movement” and share “of their strong dissatisfaction with the company’s lack of recognition “. CFE-CGC makes it known that it ” will be present at any negotiation organized by the management in the constructive spirit which has always been its “.

CGT received by TotalEnergie’s management

At the beginning of this strike, the CGT and its representatives were received by the group’s leadership. After their interview, Thierry Defresne, CGT’s general secretary of the TotalEnergies European Committee, indicated that the union ” does not call for the strike to be called off “because the strikers do not want to lift their movement” as long as there was no proposal on the table. »

The General Secretary states that the management is no longer talking about lifting the strike, but simply about a resumption of product deliveries (…) It accepts that the refineries will remain closed initially, but (it wants) that deliveries from refineries in internal refinery warehouses can be released in pipes, per . by truck, by train, that all deliveries are resumed already before the restart of the facilities “.

Even though these proposals will be presented to the strikers tonight », « the indicators show us that the management is not inclined to come up with proposals (…) that are likely to start the movement », states Thierry Defresne. However, he repeats thatthey are ready” to renegotiate now (…) to gather around tonighta table, to finish late at night and find one agreement” for “ make sure this motion is lifted tomorrow. »

The first employees requisitioned

Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne ordered on Tuesday to requisition the staff” crucial for the functioning of the depots of Esso-ExxonMobil, on strike for twenty-three days, to deal with gas station shortages.

According to the Ministry of Energy Transition, a prefectural decree was signed this Wednesday by the prefect of the Normandy region for the purpose of requisitioning four people (two on Wednesday and two on Thursday morning). It was sent to the director of the ExxonMobil site in Port-Jérôme, who notified these employees. This decree was passed with the aim of contributing to the supply of the Île-de-France region, supplied by an oil pipeline from the Port-Jérôme depot.

The general secretary of the CGT, Philippe Martinez, announced on Thursday the filing of a preliminary appeal against the requisitions of four ExxonMobil employees. ” It is a scandalous decision, we are on the side of the employees. I can announce that tomorrow we will go to urgent action to support all the employees who have been requisitioned to allow delivery of fuel Wednesday night and Thursday from ExxonMobil’s Normandy depot, he said.

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