Yesterday, in French ports, the containers remained docked, coal and wheat in the holds and riders in the garage. From 11 am to 3 pm, the powerful CGT national federation of ports and docks called for a stoppage of work in all the harbor towns to protest against the announcement of the closure of the thermal power plants planned for 2022. The trade union organization stresses the inconsistency of the government, which shows its willingness to develop French ports while deciding to stop imports and transport of coal. For the secretary general of the union, Tony Hautbois, the deadline is too short and the risks for the jobs of the port and dockworkers is too important. “On the ports of Le Havre, Nantes-Saint-Nazaire and Fos-sur-Mer, there are several thousand jobs that are threatened,” he warns.
For several months, the union, associated with the CGT mines-energy, wrote to the Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition François de Rugy to propose to postpone until 2025 the closure of coal plants, in accordance with the decision of the European Commission . “This, in order to sustain industrial sites and port activities by viable alternatives,” says the CGT ports and docks. A proposal that has remained unanswered, even though the General Directorate of Infrastructure, Transport and the Sea (DGITM) believes that it takes several years to develop new industrial projects. The union, however, is expected to meet with the prime minister on May 6 and is now announcing that it will call the port workers to a work stoppage on June 3.
A mobilization that supports Jean-Paul Lecoq, Le Havre communist deputy. It recalls in particular the importance of the Normandy power station “to ensure the long-term energy independence of the country and the continuity of our supplies during peak consumption”. The elected official also underlines that the ministerial analysis to do without this energy production is based on “the success (more than risky) of the EPR of Flamanville and the new natural gas station (very controversial) in Landivisiau” . While the conversion of the plant is possible through the ecocombust (combustion of biomass), the PCF MP believes that the only greening that seems to interest the government is more that of the European list of LaREM, to forget the past more that dubious Macronie on ecology.