Targeted cuts, production cuts, free electricity. After the strike on Thursday, January 19, the national CGT federation for mines and energy (FNME-CGT) is considering new actions, beyond the renewal of the strike on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 January, with a view to bending the government on its pension reform project. “There are a lot of thoughts around free admission, the reduced rate but also the recovery of all those who are cut off despite the winter break, specifies Fabrice Coudour, federal secretary of the FNME-CGT. We are trying to redirect our initiatives towards more positive acts with regard to citizens. »
In Marseille, Tuesday evening, January 24, the CGT, for example, caused a sensation by announcing the launch of operations aimed at reducing the electricity bills of small traders, including bakers who were demonstrating the day before. “We have the means to carry out technical manipulations to halve the bills of these users”, confirms Renaud Henry, secretary general of the CGT energy Marseille, without going into detail. Before adding that it could concern other professions and places in France.
Discussions are indeed underway to extend these manipulations, in particular off-peak switches, to schools or hospitals this week. Even if, the generalization of Linky meters – which allow cuts and the restoration of electricity remotely – complicates the interventions. Fearing the expansion of these punchy actions, several government heavyweights stepped up to the plate on Tuesday. “It is not the CGT which decides the prices”, “it is not up to the CGT to lay down the law” but “to parliamentarians”Hammered Bruno Le Maire at the microphone of Europe 1.
The government steps up
Asked about the rise in electricity bills, the Minister of the Economy estimated that energy suppliers had done their part by accepting during a meeting on Monday, January 23, the implementation of a guaranteed maximum tariff set at 280 euros per megawatt hour on average over the year 2023 for very small businesses (TPE). This tariff will be applicable from the January invoice and accessible to VSEs with fewer than ten employees who have renewed their electricity supply contract from the second half of 2022 and who do not benefit from the regulated sales tariff.
For her part, Agnès Pannier-Runacher, Minister for Energy Transition, encouraged companies penalized by these cuts, described as illegal, to file a complaint. Well aware of the risks incurred, these trade unionists refuse for the time being to communicate the number and the places concerned by the actions they have undertaken, in order to avoid detection, in particular by the Enedis group.
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