Against pension reform, energy unions now advocate targeted actions

RETIRED – “We are moving to another stage”. Monday, March 13, the movement against the pension reform begins a possibly decisive week, when the text should be submitted to the vote of the Senate and the National Assembly after being debated by a Joint Joint Commission (CMP). Meanwhile, Emmanuel Macron still refuses to receive the unions, despite the hundreds of thousands of people who demonstrated for several weeks.

Faced with an inflexible government, certain strategic sectors are threatening to harden the movement to make themselves heard. As you can see in our video report at the top of the articledozens of energy workers gathered Monday, March 13 in front of the nuclear power plant of Nogent-sur-Seine (Aube), at the call of the CGT and the CFDT, to discuss the continuation of the mobilization.

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“We are massively in the street and we see that it is not enough. We think we have to have an impact on the economy”says at the microphone of the HuffPost Paul Feltman, general secretary of the CGT at the Total refinery in Grandpuits. “The weekly demonstrations, there are a bit fed up. I don’t know of any other solution than the balance of power”abounds Sébastien Menesplier, general secretary of the CGT Mines-énergie. “It must weigh on the economy of France”adds the trade unionist.

The equivalent of 11 fewer reactors

Since last week, the strike has caused a drop in electricity production in France, without however causing power cuts in private individuals. On Friday March 10, EDF management mentioned a drop in the power produced of 11,500 MW, the equivalent of 11 reactors – a drop divided between 4,100 MW less for nuclear power, 1,160 MW less for the thermal park at flame and 5890 MW less for hydraulics.

The unions are now focusing on targeted actions. On March 9, agents from the gas and electricity sector cut off the power to the Stade de France and the Olympic village site in Saint-Denis, the CGT union had announced to journalists on the spot. The union organization promises other actions of this type in the coming days.

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Refineries and fuel depots are also disrupted by blockades and strikes. At the TotalEnergies refineries in Feyzin (Rhône) and Normandy, the largest in France, the blocking of fuel shipments for nearly a week resulted in the saturation of the product tanks, risking requiring a production stoppage. On the weekend of March 11, however, the strikers agreed with the management that they were letting out products in order to be able to continue the strike “ without stopping the installations »union sources confirmed to AFP.

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