The CGT union has referred to as for a ‘complete blockade’ of all the nation’s oil refineries from January seventh to 10th in an try to power the French authorities to scrap its pension reform plan.

“Since the government isn’t listening, we need to increase the pressure,” mentioned Thierry Dufresne, CGT’s consultant at Total, on Franceinfo on Monday.

The blockade will escalate tensions between French unions and the federal government over the latter’s try to overhaul the nation’s pension system.

Here is what you could know concerning the CGT’s plan and the way it might have an effect on you.

Why now? 

The unions are as a result of resume talks with the federal government on January seventh — the identical day because the CGT launches the oil refinery blockades.

Blocking fuel depots is an outdated technique that the union has deployed in conflicts with former French governments as a way to show up the warmth beneath the federal government’s ft. If the plan is profitable it might have filling stations all around the nation operating empty, making life much more troublesome for these driving throughout the transport strikes. 

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Which refineries are focused?

Seven out of Frances eight refineries are at present focused, in keeping with Franceinfo. The CGT has tailor-made a separate blockade plan for every refinery, that are located in Grandpuits, Donges and Feyzin close to Lyon. The remainder of the refineries are situated abroad.

Five of the refineries are managed by Total, two by Esso and one by Petroineos.

Also focused are oil terminals in Dunkerque, Havre and Marseille, together with oil depots and plane refuelers. 

The CGT mentioned it won’t cease or intrude with the manufacturing contained in the refineries, simply block the exits for 96 hours straight. But, Dufresne informed Franceinfo, after they attain the 96-hour mark the union will assessment the choice of whether or not or to not shut the installations utterly.

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When the CGT union blocked oil refineries again in 2010 it was additionally to protest a deliberate pension reform. Photo: AFP

Will there be a fuel scarcity?

A blockade of a number of refineries in early December — which was unrelated to the strike towards the federal government’s pension reform and never organised by the CGT — result in round 300 filling stations across the nation closing utterly, whereas one other 300 reported very low provides of petrol and diesel.

If all goes in keeping with the CGT’s plan, subsequent week’s motion will severely scale back the fuel provide to the international locations filling stations.

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If you wish to perceive extra about how the blockade would work in observe, try this explainer in the tweet beneath by Le Parisien, “five minutes to understand how fuel journeys from petrol to pump.”

Why is the CGT the one union calling for the blockade?

The CGT is among the many French unions which were hanging since December fifth to protest the federal government’s try to interchange the present pension system of 42 totally different regimes with one, common points-based system.

Historically carefully aligned with the French Communist Party, the CGT is probably the most hardline of the hanging unions. CGT chief Philippe Martinez has beforehand mentioned that he would be the final man standing in the combat towards the federal government’s pension reform, and that the CGT won’t settle for something lower than an entire turnover from the federal government’s facet.

How is the federal government responding?

The authorities has condemned the unionists’ plan.

“It’s illegal,” mentioned Secretary of State for Economy and Finance Agnès Pannier-Runacher on BFMTV on Thursday.

In an try to reassure those that fear that the nation will endure from fuel scarcity on account of the blockade, Minister of Ecology Elisabeth Borne mentioned that France has ‘strategic’ fuel provides to deal with such conditions.

“We have enough stockpiled to last us three months,” she informed Franceinfo.

In order to create an actual disaster, the strikers would due to this fact should maintain at it till the start of April, in keeping with the federal government.


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