LIVE – Pensions: the government threatens to requisition refinery employees in the event of a stoppage

LIVE – Pensions: the government threatens to requisition refinery employees in the event of a stoppage

Refineries: showdown between the government and the CGT on strikes and threats of requisitions

Are we heading towards a shortage of diesel and gasoline? For the past few days, CGT representatives from the oil and chemicals sector have been brandishing this threat to make the executive bend. “Since March 7, no drop of fuel has come out of the Donges refinery“, thus declared Friday the CGT secretary of the place, Fabien Privé Saint-Lanne, on BFMTV, adding that “shortages will be felt quickly“. Same story with Sébastien Varagnol, CGT representative of the Petroineos refinery, in Lavera, in the south of France: since Friday afternoon, “the deliveries [de carburant] are arrested“Said the trade unionist, adding that he would like to move towards stopping the installations from this Monday.

Strikers on the TotalEnergies platform in Donges, Normandy, this Friday. LOIC VENANCE / AFP

A few days earlier, the representative of the CGT in the Bouches-du-Rhône and candidate for the succession of Philippe Martinez, Olivier Mateu, had, for his part, estimated that “it’s time to refuel“, while the social movement risks disrupting the supply chain. Words that did not leave Roland Lescure unmoved: “Today, most gas stations in France and Navarre have gasoline“, reassured the Minister Delegate in charge of Industry on FranceInfo, Saturday. “What shocks me above all are the arsonist firefighters. We try to create panic, anxiety, so that people go and get gas and we end up potentially without“, denounced the member of the government, thus targeting, without naming them, the leaders of the CGT.

Referring to the social conflict last fall, which had caused shortages in many stations in France, Roland Lescure warned that the executive would be able to take responsibility in the event of difficulties. Requisitions of employees could then be decided, like what the government decided for garbage collectors in Paris: “We are not going to leave 65 million French men and women, and a country, together, blocked by a few dozen individuals“, he underlined. “Do not panic“, he also said.


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