The government announces the requisition of the Feyzin depot, in the Rhône

This depot supplies the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regions with fuel. The requisition of the Mardyck depot, near Dunkirk, has also been renewed.

The government has launched new requisitions on two fuel depots to supply service stations in the face of the continuing strike at TotalEnergies, at the start of a high-risk week marked by an interprofessional movement on Tuesday and the first departures on vacation on Friday . The Mardyck depot, already requisitioned at the end of last week, was requisitioned again at 6 a.m. From 2 p.m., this will also be the case for the Feyzin depot, announced the Minister for Energy Transition Agnès Pannier-Runacher, during a morning visit to the port of Gennevilliers in Ile-de-France, where tanker trucks were supplied.

The large depot of Feyzin, newly requisitioned, provides pipeline service to smaller depots on the Côte d’Azur, in the Rhône valley, the regions of Lyon, Dauphiné and the countries of Savoie, according to the entourage of Agnes Pannier-Runacher. By road, the Feyzin depot is a key link in supplying all of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté regions.

«We don’t do it against the strikers, (the requisitions) are absolutely necessary so that people can continue to go to work and provide for their basic needs“said Ms. Pannier-Runacher. Faced with this deadlock after nearly three weeks on strike, the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire raised his voice, saying that it was necessary to “liberate fuel depots and refineries», on BFMTV.

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The requisitions, which concern 7 people for Feyzin and 6 for Dunkerque, will make it possible to better supply the service stations of Hauts-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, particularly affected by shortages of fuels. These affected 30.1% of the stations on Sunday evening, but this rate rose to 41.6% in Ile-De-France and 42.8% in the Center-Val-de-Loire, according to government figures.

Difficulties in getting to work, concern in rural areas in the midst of harvest and sowing, fear of disruptions in vacation departures and cancellations: the consequences on many sectors of activity are felt while the discontent of motorists don’t weaken.

«Tired of the strikersgrumbles Dominique Dubois, 61, who has a construction company with 150 employees. Despite everything, he savors hischancefor having found diesel fuel in this TotalEnergies service station in Louveciennes (Yvelines), in the greater Parisian suburbs. On the other hand, it is impossible to take unleaded this Monday despite a delivery on Saturday: “it was over in three hours“, tells AFP the employee.

Looking to Tuesday

On Monday, strikes were renewed at three refineries (out of seven) and five large deposits (out of around 200) of TotalEnergies, Eric Sellini, coordinator for the CGT group, told AFP. At the La Mède refinery (Bouches-du-Rhône) for example, “90% of operators“Are strikers, according to Frédéric Ambrosio, CGT secretary on the site. This union refused to sign the agreement concluded overnight from Thursday to Friday between the management of TotalEnergies and two majority unions, the CFDT and the CFE-CGC.

It provides for aenvelope» overall wage increase of 7%, including 5% for workers and technicians and 3.5% for executives, plus an individual share that may differ depending on the person. Added to this is a bonus of one month’s salary, with a floor of 3,000 euros and a ceiling of 6,000 euros. The CGT demands 10%, corresponding to “inflation plus sharing» Profits made by the oil company (5.8 billion euros in the second quarter).

«Management (…) does not seem ready to return to the negotiating table“, Lamented Mr. Sellini, whose union intends to continue the movement until Tuesday, a day of mobilization and interprofessional strike to which FO, Solidaires and the FSU have also called.

Extended rebate

The president of Medef, Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux, had called on Radio J on Sunday for requisitions, because an additional week of shortage “It could really have an impact on the economy.“. The strike was lifted Thursday and Friday in the only two refineries of the Esso-ExxonMobil group in France, after the conclusion of a wage agreement between management and two majority unions, but not with the CGT.

The pipelines of the Port-Jérôme-sur-Seine refinery (Normandy), which supply, among other things, an oil depot in Gennevilliers, at the gates of Paris, “restarted“, underlined Ms. Pannier-Runacher, “but now we have to push the fuel to the stations“. While the strike caused pump prices to jump, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne announced the extension of the rebate of 30 cents per liter until mid-November, which was to drop to 10 cents from the 1st. For its part, TotalEnergies has confirmed to AFP the extension of its discount of 20 centimes per liter also until mid-November.

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