The “Envoyé Spécial” show always has the ability to stick to current events. It was therefore logical to find a subject on the fuel shortage which has been affecting France for several days. French refineries are on strike and this is creating chaos for motorists who have to queue for hours to put gasoline in their cars. If Emmanuel Macron indicated Wednesday October 12 on France 2 that the return to normal would be soon, the situation remains critical. For the general public as well as for refinery employees who are demanding better working conditions, bonuses to compensate for galloping inflation and salary increases.
“Special Envoy” followed several employees of the Total and Esso-ExxonMobil refineries to try to understand their situation. Some viewers of France 2 were surprised to see that the employees’ situation was not necessarily that dramatic. Thus, a man in his thirties who works 35 hours per week doing three shifts indicates that he is striking to challenge working conditions and to be better considered. Like many colleagues, he would like the top executives of his billion-dollar company to return more to employees and not primarily to shareholders. The demands are quite clear: a bonus of 3000 to 6000 euros to compensate for inflation in France and a salary increase of 7%. After these claims, “Special Envoy” will reveal this man’s salary: 2,800 euros net per month. He admits that it is a good salary but that the pace of work is very tiring and that the working conditions for carrying out his missions are complicated. In front of their television sets, viewers were angry to see a person who earns 2,800 euros net in France today go on strike which impacts many people while millions of French people are in need. Additionally, they later learned that some striking fuel refinery workers continued to be paid during strikes to continue to ensure the safety of the facilities.
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