The mobilization in the energy sector against the pension reform project continued on Friday, January 27, after further cuts in electricity production, strictly supervised by RTE (Electricity transmission network) – the manager of high-speed lines. tension – which are normally ineffective for the general public and mainly affect the company’s finances.
“Last night, there was a drop in production at the power plant [nucléaire] of Paluel », CGT-Energie reported to Agence France-Presse (AFP). This action, which affected reactors 3 and 4, caused a drop in production of some 940 megawatt hours (MwH) and seemed to be over in the early morning, according to messages posted on the website of Electricité de France (EDF).
“Intensify the balance of power”
Employees in the energy sector mobilized on Thursday in nuclear power plants, refineries, ports and docks, for a warm-up before the national day of interprofessional action on January 31 against pension reform.
The employees of TotalEnergies, who had given notice for two days, finally suspended their movement on Thursday evening, in order to preserve themselves and prepare for the day of the 31st, which will affect all sectors, at the call of all the unions. One of them, the National Union of Autonomous Trade Unions (UNSA), has identified more than two hundred places of gatherings, as many as for the day of the 19th.
The agents of the electricity and gas industries are on renewable strike and could carry out new actions, Friday. On Thursday, in addition to cuts in electricity production and filtering dams at the entrance to certain power stations, they carried out a host of so-called “Robin Hood” actions, according to the General Confederation of Labor (CGT), to “intensify the balance of power”. From Lille to Marseille, everywhere in France, they have “placed with free electricity or gas” schools, social housing and hospitals, granted reduced rates to small businesses and restored power to users who had been deprived of it.
Asked about these operations, carried out in parallel with targeted power cuts, the Minister for Energy Transition, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, was very critical. “It’s an initiative that, in the end, amounts to making the taxpayer pay”declared the minister on France 2, Friday morning, contesting the ” generosity “ initiative.
The National Federation of Ports and Docks of the CGT also reported, in a press release, a “strong mobilization of workers in almost all French ports, with often 100% strikers and ports completely shut down”.