Because the strike against the pension reform is very popular in the refineries, the situation can degenerate quickly in the service stations. Where are we so far?
1.28 million participants according to the Ministry of the Interior, 3.5 million according to the CGT, the demonstrations against the pension reform of March 7 brought together more French people than the two previous movements, those of January 19 and of January 31. Conversely, the number of strikers was a little lower. However, the strike is closely followed in the refineries. Employees in this sector even went on strike on Monday evening. And they are still there today. So obviously, knowing that the specter of the fuel shortage at the end of last year is still very present in the heads of the French, the question is on everyone’s lips: are we heading for a new episode? Summary of the situation this Wednesday, March 8.
A little less stations in total rupture but a little more in partial rupture
At the time of writing these lines, some 107 stations are out of service in France, 5 stations less than yesterday. The quantity of stations in partial rupture is it slightly higher. They were only 378 the previous day but they rise to 395 today. This remains modest on a national scale insofar as just over 10,000 stations are listed in France (11,151 at the end of 2021 according to UFIP figures). Overall, the situation appears to be stabilizing and not spiraling out of control. Finally, prices are not impacted… while remaining high (€1.86 on average for diesel, €1.89 for SP95-E10, €1.13 for E85 and €0.99 for LPG ).
Strike rates still high in refineries
However, according to a spokesperson for the CGT, the situation is still very complicated in the refineries today, “the large TotalEnergies shipping sites are at a standstill. The strike was renewed in the establishments of TotalEnergies in La Mède, Donges, the Raffinerie de Normandie, Feyzin and Flandres, with rates of strikers between 70% and 100%, “said Eric Sellini to AFP, as reported by our colleagues from BFM. For the other distributors, it is also difficult since there would be 86% of strikers on the site of Fos-sur-Mer (Esso-ExxonMobil) or 80% on that of Lavéra (Petroineos).
It is decided between noon and 2 p.m. on March 8 whether the strike will be renewed. It would seem that this is the case since “employees are still motivated to continue the movement” and that “yesterday’s mobilization reinforces motivation”, according to Eric Sellini. In other words, even if the president of the UFIP affirms that the stocks are full, we are still not immune to a bad surprise.
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