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CGT union votes to continue strike at TotalEnergies’ French refineries

The CGT union, which was at the cenre of a week-long strike at French oil major TotalEnergies, voted on Saturday (15 October) to continue the walkout.

Nearly a third of gas stations have problems with petrol supply despite the fact that the government has requisitioned key refinery staff to restart petrol production.

According to data from the Energy Ministry, 27.3% of French petrol stations were experiencing supply problems on Saturday, a decrease of 28.5% and 30.85% respectively, on Wednesday when requisitioning began.

TotalEnergies’ moderate CFDT-CGC unions – who represent a majority – said they had agreed to a 7% increase in pay and a bonus payment between 3,000 and 6,000 euro ($2,921-$5,842).

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TotalEnergies confirmed Friday’s agreement. The agreement is legally binding according to French law. However, the CGT standoff means that strike action could continue for some period of time.

CGT had previously stated that it desired a 10% increase in wages, citing inflation and company’s large windfall profits due to the global energy crisis.

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