TotalEnergies says it is ready to face a strike in its French refineries | Photo credits: Total
PARIS, June 24 (Reuters) – TotalEnergies has taken logistical measures to ensure that its network of service stations and its customers will be sufficiently supplied throughout the weekend despite the strike affecting its French oil refineries, said said a spokesperson on Friday.
The CGT union, which is demanding an immediate wage increase to offset rising inflation, called for a 24-hour strike after negotiations with chief executive Patrick Pouyanné failed.
The CGT plans to interrupt deliveries by trucks, trains and pipelines, with a minimum flow for production units in three refineries and two TotalEnergies depots.
The refineries concerned are those of Gonfreville (240,000 barrels per day), Feyzin (119,000 barrels per day) and the Mède biorefinery. The fuel depots of Mède and Flandres could also be affected, had indicated the CGT.
According to a union source, the movement was observed by 1% of the workforce in the Argedis network of service stations in France, which has 2,900 employees. A few strikers were also reported at Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies specializing in the design of electric accumulators.
Shipments are blocked but the refineries are not stopped, the same source said. (Report Dominique Vidalon, French version Alizée Degorce, edited by Kate Entringer)