Strikes to Continue at French Oil Refineries, Storage Facilities

Strikes to Continue at French Oil Refineries, Storage Facilities

According to CGT labor union representatives at TotalEnergies and ExxonMobil’s Esso France, the strikes that have affected French oil refineries and storage facilities will resume, Reuters reported.

The strikes have increased the amount of pressure on President Emmanuel Macron’s administration, which is already dealing with popular unhappiness over inflation and rising household costs.

“It will be continued across the board,” said a CGT official at TotalEnergies, a day after the French company had offered to bring forward wage talks in an effort to end the labor dispute which has been dragging on for around two weeks.

The union asserted that internal discussion of TotalEnergies’ proposal to begin salary negotiations earlier than anticipated was necessary.

In advance of management-worker discussions set for later in the day, a different CGT representative stated that the walkouts will also continue at two Esso France refineries.

“We still haven’t got any confirmation that this meeting will be held,” the union official said.

Representatives from each of the four unions active at the company are expected to attend the meeting that will take place at the end of Monday morning, an Esso France spokesperson told Reuters. It will take place at the end of Monday morning.

According to the government, more than one-third of France’s gas stations experienced trouble receiving deliveries of at least one fuel product on Sunday, up from 21% the day before.


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