Protests Erupt at French Energy Giant Total’s Headquarters Over Expected Refinery Layoffs

Workers have held protests and stormed the Total S.E. Headquarters in France amid impending layoffs.

“Total does not want our struggle to be heard, for the pickets to spread, and to pay for poverty and unemployment. After Grandpuits, who will it be?”  said Adrien Cornet, CGT delegate from the Total Grandpuits refinery.

Photos and videos shared by Révolution Permanente showed the workers chanting and attempting to enter the headquarters building.

Despite their attempts, they were pushed back by security personnel carry riot shields. 

The workers were also spotted standing on a ledge and holding a protest banner while they loudly chanted.

According to Cornet’s statements during earlier protests, Total plans to convert the Grandpuits refinery into a facility for the production of biofuels and bioplastics which would make them lose their jobs.

The workers have staged the protest on the day Central Social and Economic Committee (CSEC) which will finalize the conversion decision for the plant. 

Around 200 job cuts are expected for Total’s regular workforce while 500 for its subcontractors if the conversion follows through. 

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