The fuel shortage continues: the French threaten local transport strikes

The fuel shortage persists
The French also threaten local transport strikes

Commuters in France have been suffering from a shortage of fuel for three weeks. Strikes at fuel depots could spread. Local transport is also targeted by trade unions. Economy Minister Le Maire poured fuel on the fire and declared the talks closed.

In view of the ongoing strikes in French refineries and fuel depots, Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire has called for an end to the blockade. It is time to “clear the fields and refineries,” Le Maire told BFM. Strikes continued at three of seven refineries and five of 200 major fuel depots nationwide earlier this week. “The time for negotiations is over,” said Le Maire. “Our country needs determination and authority to restore law and order,” said Le Maire, referring to service commitments at various fuel depots.

The government resorted to legal coercion again in the morning, forcing seven workers to work at two fuel depots to improve service at gas stations. “We are doing it for the French, not against the attackers,” said Energy Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher. “This is absolutely necessary for people to get to work,” she added.

The strikers are demanding a 10 percent salary increase from Total Energies to offset inflation and gain a share of the company’s profits. So far the company has offered seven percent more salary and various bonuses. Two unions support the compromise, while the CGT rejects it. “The management does not seem ready to return to the negotiating table,” said CGT representative Eric Sellini.

Hours of searching for a gas station

On Sunday, according to the government, 30 percent of gas stations were still missing one or more types of fuel. In the metropolitan area of ​​Paris, 42 per cent of petrol stations were affected. Many people who rely on their cars currently spend hours finding open gas stations and waiting in long lines.

For tomorrow, Tuesday, several unions have called strikes in other sectors, including railways, local public transport in Paris, nuclear power plants and nurseries. The unions do not rule out the extension of the strike. On the weekend, the two-week fall break begins across the country. Strikes in the French oil industry have been going on for three weeks. Commuters, taxi drivers, nurses, craftsmen, ambulance drivers and driving instructors are among the groups most affected.

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