Loire-Atlantique: the Total refinery in Donges shut down due to a strike

Since Friday morning, the Total refinery in Donges (Loire-Atlantique) has been shut down due to a strike called by the CGT. This social movement aims to oppose the elimination of 64 positions linked to a project to modernize the site, we learned from management.

After the holding of a general meeting, “150 people from production voted to phase out the units at 5 am”, according to Fabien Privé-Saint-Lanne (CGT), quoted by Ouest France. The strike began while management and unions are discussing a project which plans to invest 450 million euros “on the platform to modernize it and restore competitiveness in the long term”, initiated in 2015.

The management presented last week to the unions a version of this project which foresees that Donges will work in the long term with 558 positions against 622 currently. “This project will be implemented gradually with early retirement until 2027”, indicated the management of the refinery.

Around 150 jobs also abolished at Grandpuits

It provides in particular “the construction of a control room of operational units to make our organization more efficient with an investment of around 50 million”, specified the management. To protest against the workforce reductions, a strike by production teams was initiated by the CGT on Friday morning.

Management has confirmed the shutdown of the site. “The refinery will shut down, because the workforce is following this strike”, underlined the management, specifying that “the shutdown is a procedure which will take place over a week”. Management assures us that “Total will continue to supply its customers”.

On Thursday, the group also announced the conversion of its Grandpuits refinery, in Seine-et-Marne, into green energies, with job cuts but “no layoffs”. 250 out of the 400 jobs on the Grandpuits platform today will be maintained. The refining stop is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021 and the end of the storage of petroleum products at the end of 2023.

Gathered in a general assembly on Friday, the unions called for the widest possible mobilization of employees, on October 6 in La Défense, during Total’s next social and economic committee.