Borne seeks appeasement on the social front

Borne seeks appeasement on the social front

Demining attempt for the Prime Minister this Sunday during her visit to TF1 News at 8pm Sunday. Elisabeth Borne urged the TotalEnergies strikers:not to block the country” and pointed out that “all companies that can do it must engage in wage negotiations and raise wages”.

The government is grappling with several social protests, from the march against the high cost of living that took place on the same day to the movements that led to a fuel shortage. Several unions, including the CGT, have also called an intersectoral strike for October 18, particularly in the transport sector.

the strike at TotalEnergies in the refineries and depots continues in the absence of an agreement with the CGT on wage increases, with still significant consequences in many areas of activity. 27.3% of service stations were “in trouble” (breakage of at least one product) on Saturday morning, Energy Transition Minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher told BFMTV, a “slight improvement” compared to the previous day (28.5%).

“We have to make requisitions,” said Medef President Geoffroy Roux de Bézieux on Radio J, as “the 150 people from the refineries are taking the French hostage.” According to the chief of bosses, “Another week like this with this kind of fuel shortage could really have an impact on the economy. This is not a normal strike, the right to strike has limits”.

Elisabeth Borne did not mention a single word about the demonstrations that took place on the same day: around 140,000 people took part in the “March against the high cost of living and climate protection” organized by the left-wing Alliance on Sunday October 16 in Paris, according to the organizers nupes. Jean-Luc Mélenchon predicts the beginning of the “new popular front”. “It’s the great connection, it’s us that starts it with this march, which is a great success,” said the head of the LFI.

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This Tuesday, October 18, the government also has to deal with a strike in several sectors, at the call of the CGT, FO, Solidaires, FSU and youth movements. The Sud-Rail union warned on October 16 that it would offer rail workers an extendable strike.


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