EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: France


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of coke, and refined petroleum products
19 - Manufacture of coke and refined petroleum products
Number Employed: 16000

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 23-11-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 700
Planned Job Reductions max: 1400
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-03-2021

Additional Information

The French oil group Total has begun negotiations with the trade unions on a voluntary departure plan with a view to cut 700 net jobs. Departures in operational positions will be compensated for by recruitment, but departures at the group's headquarters will not be replaced. 

According to management, this plan would mainly concern employees at the end of their careers who would be offered an exemption from work.

Total's management refused to quantify the impact of this plan in terms of jobs, explaining that the number of employees concerned will depend terms and conditions agreed during negotiations.

The CGT central trade union delegate estimates that 'between 1,400 and 1,500' employees could take the departure plan out of the 16,000 Total employees in France, and around 'half' would not be replaced.  For the CFDT, this negotiation is a good initiative because it will result in the hiring of young people in activities with a future such as R& to expand the group's focus to different energy sources. The representative reported that natural departures are already no longer being replaced in the head offices, because of the hiring freeze.

Several restructuring were recorded in the past: from 100 to 600 job cuts announced in 2011, 370 job cuts on 2010 (and 240 job creations) in 2010; 550 job cuts in 2009.; 177 job cuts in October 2007 ; 243 job cuts in August 2007 and 300 job cuts in 2006.