A “preventive strike” led by the CGT is being condemned by the leader of the MPs for the Renaissance party.
Aurore Bergé, the head of the Deputies for the Renaissance, expressed regret on Sunday that a strike at multiple refineries and fuel depots was penalizing first “the French who work,” and she called for “pressure” to be put on both companies and unions to reach an agreement. On BFMTV, Aurore Bergé was quoted as saying, “It is not above all Total that is penalized, it is the French who work, it is the French (…) who get up earlier to try to go to several service stations in the morning and simply to be able to have the right to work.” Bergé's comments were in response to a question regarding who exactly is being punished.
Aurore Bergé, although condemning a “preventive strike” that was carried out by the CGT while pay discussions were scheduled to take place in the middle of November, stated that “pressure must be exerted on both sides.” “Yes, we do have a company (TotalEnergies, Ed.) that produced unexpectedly high earnings. She stated that it is appropriate for workers to request compensation for the outstanding outcomes that have been achieved in part due to the contributions of the workers themselves.
Both parties need to be brought back to reality.
“What is intolerable is that these same employees, at the request and under the pressure of the CGT, once again carry out preventive strikes which have an impact on the French who are working,” she insisted. “This is not acceptable.” “Both must be brought to their senses,” Aurore Bergé emphasized while refuting any claims of a “shortage” on the territory, even though a large number of service stations are currently dealing with supply problems.
She contended that the statement could not be generalized to the entire region. “And if you speak the word scarcity, there is a worry, fear, and everyone rushes to the gas station,” she begged, fearing “a snowball effect.” “And if you say the word scarcity, there is anxiety, and dread, and everyone rushes to the petrol station.” The strike action that began ten days ago was continued on Sunday at TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil. This has resulted in stock shortages of gasoline and diesel, particularly in the departments of Hauts-de-France and Ile-de-France.
The largest refinery of the TotalEnergies group, which is based in Normandy, that of Feyzin (Rhône), the “bio-refinery La Mède (Bouches-du-Rhône), and the Flanders fuel depot near Dunkirk (North) are all shut down. Additionally, two locations of the American Esso-ExxonMobil in Normandy and Fos-sur-Mer are also closed (Bouches-du-Rhone).