EconomyThe strike at the Total refinery in Grandpuits is...

The strike at the Total refinery in Grandpuits is over

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Tanks with the Total logo (illustration) – Dear / Oberhaeuser / SIPA

The strike ended Friday at the Grandpuits refinery (Seine-et-Marne), whose conversion Total announced, following an agreement between management and the unions, we learned from the company and CFDT. The strike movement began on January 4. According to management, the last few days were marked by the completion of the social process planned as part of the site conversion project and the signing of accompanying social measures (MSA) for site employees, “voted by the majority union organizations ”.

“After yesterday’s GA, the CFDT decided to sign an agreement. FO and CFE-CGC have indicated that they will also be signatories so the agreement will apply. The suspension of the strike has been voted, ”confirmed Geoffrey Caillon, of the CFDT (1st union at Total) for refining-petrochemicals. Total announced in September that refining at Grandpuits would cease “at the end of 2023”. It must give way to a conversion project focused on the production of biofuels and bioplastics, and the operation of two solar photovoltaic plants, according to the oil and gas giant.

The CGT does not let go

With a budget of 500 million euros, this redeployment will not lead to any layoffs but to early retirement and internal mobility, he said. The group had ensured that 250 positions out of the 400 that the Grandpuits platform and the associated Gargenville depot today would be maintained. “Individual interviews will be able to begin so that each employee can express their wishes for professional development and benefit from a solution adapted to their situation”, indicated the management on Friday.

For its part, the CGT, which castigates the planned destruction of “700 direct and indirect jobs”, estimated that “signing the MSA in this context amounts to validating the entire job protection plan”. The “majority” of strikers remain “opposed to the future organization”, according to this union, which indicated that a new GA would be held on Monday to “decide on the follow-up to the movement”.

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