a gas station blocked following a national strike

Users who take the A10 towards Bordeaux this Tuesday morning and who are used to refueling at the Estalot service area, in Saint-André-de-Cubzac, had the unpleasant surprise of see blocking access to the pump. “No fuel distribution, nor sale in store will take place on these relays” declared a CGT union delegate from Argedis, a 100% subsidiary of TotalEnergies.

In France this Tuesday morning, eleven other service stations like that of Estalot were stopped this morning out of the 185 in this subsidiary. A strike movement took place within the Argedis company after fruitless negotiations between the unions and the management. Staff representatives are demanding salary increases that take inflation into account. According to the unions, the 3,200 employees of Argedis are the worst paid of the TotalEnergies company, 80% of them would receive less than 1,500 euros per month.

The management, contacted by AFP, has not yet reacted immediately. Other strikes could take place and spread within the group if the discussions do not lead to any compromise. “Not a euro should be cashed” can we read on the press release from the CGT. A movement of discontent also fueled by the good margins that the TotalEnergies group was able to achieve during this period of crisis, when the price of oil jumped, as did the price at the pump for the consumer, which blithely exceeds 2 euros per liter.