19% of gas stations have ‘difficulty’ this Friday, says Macron ‘calm’

19% of gas stations have 'difficulty' this Friday, says Macron 'calm'

The manager asks the French not to give in to “panic” while also forcing TotalEnergies to conclude wage negotiations with the strikers.

some effortsFor employees: With about one in five stations in distress on Friday, the French government pressured TotalEnergies to end the social conflict that has caused fuel shortages at its stations last week. does not appear in sight. “I urge the relevant companies, most of which still have good results, to consider their salary increase requests.“, aforementioned Olivia Grégoire, Minister Delegate for Small and Medium Enterprises, without mentioning the TotalEnergies name on France Info and its $10.6 billion profit in the first half. “We expect companies (…) to make an effort towards their employees.“, said.

A few hours later, Emmanuel Macron also gave a speech on the subject from Prague on the sidelines of a European summit. At a press conference on Friday, the President of the French “panic“. And to try to make it temporary:The government is fully mobilizedand sends acalm down“. According to the President, the oil groups in question “is in the process of finalizing wage negotiations so that its employees can return to work as soon as possible.“Emmanuel Macron calls employees to work”responsibility“The government also has the opportunity to confirm”took action to mobilize our strategic reserves and existing capacities and to supply service stations that are out of stock.»

Same story for Elisabeth Borne.responsibility» management and personnel representatives of oil groups, «successful salary negotiationsand end the strikes. “I urge the management and employee representatives of these companies to truly take responsibility so that these wage negotiations – because that’s the point – are successful and not penalizing the French.“, declared head of government after an intervention in Bordeaux during the inter-municipal agreement of France.

3 refineries closed

During a tense mic on Friday, Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher explained that the social movement mainly affected three refineries and two fuel tanks. The largest TotalEnergies refinery near Le Havre (Seine-Maritime) was closed. Other sites of the group are on strike. And two French refineries of American rival Esso-ExxonMobil were also shut down to gain wage increases, in both cases at CGT’s call.

At the French oil company, strikers were mobilized massively at the Flanders fuel depot near Dunkirk (North).biorefineryAccording to the CGT, in particular at La Mède (Bouches-du-Rhône) and the Grandpuits fuel depot (Seine-et-Marne) to limit the output of petroleum products as much as possible. At the Feyzin refinery (Rhône) mobilization was much lower – 10% to 30% strikers – but focused on the strategic shipping department, CGT claimed.Forwards 80% to 100%“, said AFP Pedro Afonso, who chose the CGT of this refinery.

Slightly less than 20% of stations on difficulty

Blockades by strikers lead to lower fuel deliveries, so petrol or diesel stocks are more frequent at gas stations. TotalEnergies manages about a third of the French stations: so the social movement is felt in France. But the group puts their annoyance at the success of the 20-cent pump reduction it has given since Sept. 1, in addition to the Government discount.

Troubles only affect one”limited number of stations“wanted to reassure Agnès Pannier-Runacher, reporting on Friday”80% [qui] work normallyand 19% have “difficulty”. Strong local inequalities persist, with the Hauts-de-France departments particularly affected: in Pas-de-Calais, “42%“Stations were in trouble on Friday, versus 52 percent the day before. According to the minister, based on feedback from governors, the figures were 43% and 47% in the North, respectively.

Important“Tensions are slowly easing, but it will take time to get back to normal. In addition to using strategic stockpiles to relieve stations, fuel was transported by boat from Belgium and Rouen.. Tanker trucks will also be allowed to roam exceptionally on Sunday.highly localized but significant challenges‘, explained Clément Beaune, who reunited Friday morning transporters federationsto see locally where we can improve supply“.

calls to calm down

Some ministers also asked the French to refrain from escalating panic buying, which risked exacerbating the situation. Worried drivers may betendency to go [leur] fuller than usual, which may cause additional pressureAgnès Pannier-Runacher said that “State services really do” at the stations.to increase» fuel sales on national territory. The behavior of some drivers has also led the State to ban the sale and purchase of fuel in cans and cans, particularly in certain parts of Hauts-de-France. “Those who can wait should not rush to the gas stations, as this will increase the problem.“Asked Clément Beaune during a press briefing.

Although there is an improvement over the weekend, it will take time to return to normal. “It’s a logistical issue, no availabilityMinister for Energy Transition stated. Strikers are not flexible. Pedro Afonso of the Feyzin refinery said:complete radio silence from our management who have not met us and certainly do not want to move things forward.“.

CGT calls for a 10% increase over 2022 – 7% for inflation, 3% for “wealth sharing” –, the management reminded from the beginning that it has taken salary measures representing an average increase of 3.5% in 2022, referring to a negotiation session scheduled for 2023 salaries on November 15th. “If we have to hold out until November 15th, no worries.“, Pedro Afonso assured, confident that he could count on something important”solidarity fund“It was created to compensate strikers for any loss of pay that the conflict would cause.

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