The World Federation of Trade Unions, representing 105 million workers in 130 countries around the world, expresses its support for the strikers in the refineries of France and for the FNIC CGT, affiliated to the WFTU, which has been leading this heroic struggle for 3 weeks against the big monopolies Total and Exxon mobile.
Refinery workers in France are waging a powerful and exemplary struggle, at a time when these big oil monopolies are paying billions of Euros in dividends to their shareholders, while refusing to raise wages: refiners are showing that only the way of the strike and the struggle can force the employers to satisfy the demands of the workers.
The WFTU condemns the brutal decision of the French government to carry out police requisitions of striking workers to break the strike!
We recall that the requisitions of the French government against strikers in this sector in 2010, were condemned by the International Labor Organization, following an appeal by the FNIC CGT.
The WFTU calls on its affiliates around the world to express their support for the striking French refiners and the FNIC CGT, and to demonstrate their condemnation of the French government’s attack on the right to strike of our comrades in the refineries of France.
Long live the refinery strike in France, long live the FNIC-CGT, NO to requisitions!
WFTU Secretary General,