Mobilization at TotalEnergies cracks, still one in five service stations in difficulty

published on Wednesday, October 19, 2022 at 8:25 p.m.

Towards the beginning of a way out of the crisis? The mobilization of strikers at the oil sites of TotalEnergies weakens with the lifting of the strike in Donges (Loire-Atlantique) on Wednesday afternoon even if the movement continues on four other sites, the government hammering for its part that the situation “continues to improve” on the fuel front a few days before the holidays.

Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., 20.3% of service stations were experiencing supply difficulties on at least one fuel (against 24.8% on Tuesday), with situations still tense in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (33.1%), Ile-de-France (30.5%) and Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (29.4%), according to figures from the Ministry of Energy Transition.

The Vinci Autoroutes group announced on Wednesday that at least 90% of the service stations in its network were able to supply fuel: “Continuity of service at the 181 service areas in the Vinci Autoroutes network is 90% guaranteed on average for unleaded gasoline, and 92% on average for diesel.”

“The situation continues to improve markedly,” said Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne.

“I know that the situation is still difficult for many of our compatriots, but the momentum is there and I want to once again call on the striking employees to return to work,” she added.

Following votes at general meetings, the mobilization actually began to run out of steam in the afternoon on the striking sites of the TotalEnergies group. The crack was opened in Donges (Loire-Atlantique), which suspended the strike.

The mobilization continued in four other sites of refining or deposit activities of the group, according to the CGT.

– “Not there to handicap the citizen” –

A few days before the first vacation departures, pressure is mounting more than ever on the government to deliver fuel to the stations. Addressing the French, the Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher assured that she was doing “everything so that they can go on vacation quietly”.

To speed up the pace, the government has reopened the floodgates of blocked sites with the help of requisitions from employees, the last one again targeting the TotalEnergies site in Feyzin (Rhône) on Wednesday, in order to relieve the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes regions. and Burgundy-Franche-Comté.

“The release of the Feyzin depot allows significant improvements,” assured the Prime Minister. A total of 20 people are affected by these requisitions for the day Wednesday, according to the prefecture.

According to the CGT union representative of the Pedro Afonso site, 195 trucks left the depot during the day (the refinery being stopped for technical reasons).

On the spot, the movement will continue, he assured AFP after a meeting he said was unsuccessful with the local management.

“The striking employees will not lift the strike until they have something concrete on the table”, he declared, estimating that the position of the management will evolve “in the coming days if and only if the strike keep on going”.

“The strikers are not there to handicap the citizen or the user (…) but (…) to try to obtain legitimate demands for the employees”, added the union representative of Feyzin.

The movement also continued on Wednesday at the “Flandres” site in Mardyck, near Dunkirk (refinery and depot), at La Mède in the Bouches-du-Rhône (biorefinery and depot) and at Gonfreville in Seine-Maritime (refinery and depot). ).

The idea of ​​a way out of the crisis had begun to take shape when the CGT told AFP that it had proposed in the morning a “protocol for the end of the conflict” to the management of the group.

This proposal called for “negotiations on employment and investments”, “local negotiations on the specific issues raised by the strikers”, as well as “guarantees on the absence of repression vis-à-vis the strikers”, has told AFP Eric Sellini.

According to him, the management refused this proposal, which TotalEnergies, questioned by AFP, did not confirm.

Pedro Afonso, for his part, qualified by indicating that the general management wanted to redirect “all the negotiations locally”.

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