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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL Décembre - Oil Industries: On strike for ourselves and for the population (fr, it, pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 28 Dec 2017 09:02:38 +0200

Thanks to Macron orders, Total's management is already rubbing their hands at the idea of abolishing CHSCTs, which defend the safety and health not only of employees, but of the neighborhood. On November 23, all the oil sites were called to disengage. ---- As elsewhere, calling for a strike in the oil industry is always a gamble. Do colleagues go and walk ? Or get discouraged ? We sometimes have nice surprises: in 2016, against the Labor law, nothing to predict the extent of the movement, with blockages of more than three weeks sometimes. This year again, five out of seven oil depots went on strike - unpublished. It was certainly to get internal negotiations, but it's a good start ! ---- On November 23, the National Federation of Chemical Industries (Fnic) of the CGT called for a national strike to defend, despite the Macron orders, the primacy of the collective agreement on company agreements. One way to improve the balance of power, although we know that, as for truck drivers (see article above), a victory on this subject can only be temporary.

The challenge of the collective agreement is the maintenance of wages, early departure arrangements for shiftworkers, the prerogatives of health, safety and working conditions committees (CHSCT) ... safeguards undermined today by Macron's authoritarian orders.

Risk of industrial accidents
The government and the French Union of Petroleum Industries (Ufip), the oil industry of Medef - of which are the French subsidiaries of Total, Esso, Butagaz, BP, Shell, LyondellBasell .... - refuse to date to respond to the requests of the CGT, which claims that the content of the collective agreement for oil be preserved. On the contrary, the leaders of Total already announce the disappearance of the CHSCTs for 2018, thanks to the Labor XXL law which allows the merger of the representative bodies of the personnel into a single rump body - the social and economic committee (CSE). It could be very expensive for the community. Indeed, until now, the CHSCT's prerogatives make it possible, among other things, to compel employers to guarantee the health and safety of employees, but also surrounding populations. By breaking the CHSCT, we increase the risk of industrial accidents - remember the chemical disaster of AZF, near Toulouse, in 2001.

Regarding wages, also framed by the collective agreement, the ordinances reduce the right of employees to supposedly lower the cost of labor ... Remember that what " costs " really expensive in the industry, it is is the capital, with dividends paid to shareholders that sometimes represent up to 80 % of profits !

As we write these lines, the movement was well followed in the South, with 50 % to 100 % strikers on the petrochemical sites. In Fos-sur-Mer (Bouches-du-Rhône), there were 60 % of strikers on the Esso refinery, and 100 % on that of LyondellBasell. The Parisian suburbs also worked well, with, for example, 60 % of strikers at the Total de Grandpuits refinery (Seine-et-Marne), emblematic of the 2010 movement. Where the strike was too weak, blocking actions halted the circulation of products.

Laurent (AL Auvergne), the 23/11/2017

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