The end is in sight for the fuel shortages experienced at service stations in Paris and surrounding areas, as the strike action at two supply depots has been successful.
Some 80 stations had been hit by supply difficulties earlier this week, due to strikes protesting against the decision by TotalEnergies to install onboard surveillance systems in transport trucks.
Employees of the fuel transport companies, which are subcontractors of Total, started the walkout at the beginning of the week.
However on Wednesday, faced with the backlash, TotalEnergies sent a letter to the transport branch of the CGT trade union and subcontracting transport companies to announce the suspension of their plan.
The CGT turned to Facebook to announce the news and called it “a great victory”.
Cause of the strike
TotalEnergies’ proposal involved the installation of an on-board sensor in the driver’s cab that is triggered in the event of an anomaly, including signs of fatigue. The system is also capable of giving audio instructions.
The project was contested by CGT transport union, which objected to what it regarded as an invasion of the privacy of truck drivers.
It only took a few days of strike action for the first petrol stations to almost run dry.
22% of service stations were suffering shortages in Val-de-Marne, 21% in the neighbouring department of Seine-Saint-Denis and 20% in Hauts-de-Seine, according to data available on the government website, updated on Wednesday morning (December 6).
Taken to social media
Drivers had taken to social media to complain about the shortages, as well as asking for advice on where they could find fuel.
jai comme un pressentiment de pénurie de carburant la ... j'ai du faire 3 stations ajd— . (@en_esprit75) December 6, 2023
Meanwhile service stations, such as E. Leclerc in Bois d’Arcy issued apologies to clients via social media.
"Following a social movement, Total carriers are blocking some depots in Yvelines, including ours. Our station is therefore not able to provide you with fuel. We are sorry for the inconvenience and will be sure to keep you informed as the situation evolves."