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French union extends strike at TotalEnergies refineries

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French union extends strike at TotalEnergies refineries

Paris, Oct 15 (Prensa Latina) The General Confederation of Labor (CGT) announced the continuity of the strike in demand of a salary increase in five refineries of the TotalEnergies French oil company, which for the time being rules out giving in to the 10 percent increase demand.

Just like every morning up to this point, the coordinator of the company’s union met to decide the way forward, in the midst of pressure from the Government and a fuel shortage that reached 28.5 percent of the supply stations in the country.

The CGT demands a 10 percent salary increase for its workers, considering the 5.6 percent inflation prevailing in France and the enormous profits of the multinational, which recognized having earned 10 billion euros in the first half of the year.

TotalEnergies reached an agreement with unions not covered by the strike, the French Democratic Confederation of Labor and the French Confederation of Management-General Confederation of Executives, based on a seven-percent increase and bonuses.

Long lines at gas stations, restrictions and closed stations have marked the last week, with the worst scenario developing on the north of the country, with a strike dividing the French and reinforcing the call made by the left to tax “super-profits”.

The strike has affected the refineries of La Mède, Feyzin, Flandres, Donges, and Normandy, the most important in France.

The other two refineries paralyzed by the strike, belonging to the subsidiary of the US oil company ExxonMobil, will start up progressively, but it will take two to three weeks for them to return to normal, the company said in a statement.

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