on Twitter, employees revealed their salaries to support the strikers

This is a response to the management of Total Energies. Sunday evening, as the strike movement in the fuel sector intensified, the management of the oil group decided to negotiate the salary of some of the group’s employees. “The average monthly salary of a TotalEnergies refinery operator in France in 2022 is 5,000 euros gross per month, including profit-sharing [4 300 euros par mois hors intéressement] »,

is it written. Management’s decision to discuss its salaries caused a stir on twitter, with the hashtag #BalanceTonSalire trending.

Since Tuesday, according to the Visibrain monitoring tool for France Inter, more than 30,000 tweets containing this keyword have been published, with a peak Thursday of 15,754 messages throughout the day.

Usage of the keyword #balancetonsalaire jumped in three days
Usage of the keyword #balancetonsalaire jumped in three days

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A movement in support of the CGT strikers

The movement was started on Tuesday by an account called “BreakingInfosTV2”, whose Twitter bio says it is “an anti-far right and extreme finance political account”. “I earn 1,500 euros net per month and I support the CGT strike on salary increases”, said this user.

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The keyword #balancetonsalaire has been used before in social networks, especially since it was used in several demonstrations for gender equality.

Quickly, many users followed in this user’s footsteps. “I won 3,000 balls but you shouldn’t wait to go to hell to negotiate the weight of the chains! I support the CGT strike and I marched on October 16”, indicates another account, referring to the march that initiated by France Insoumise and Nupes this week. “Teacher after 14 years of seniority: 2072€”, indicated another profile, in a tweet repeated more than 1,500 times.

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Even high earners disclose their salary

The popularity of the keyword seems to reach strata including where salaries are higher, like this user who explains that he earned €4,000 after school, then left his job for a cooperative society where he will receive €2,500. Or this 61-year-old engineer executive who says he earns 7,000 euros gross monthly and shows his support for the refiners’ strike.

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The profiles are many, as in “Director of a store that earns more than 1.5 million €/year, located in the middle of the golden triangle in Bordeaux”. “I earn 1585€ per month, after years of sacrifice to climb the ladder, working overtime, working weekends, public holidays etc”, he said before ending his message with “Ciao”. Many highly qualified workers also show a gap between their level of training and their salary: 1,400 euros per month for a biology engineer with bac+5 and “considered like a very rich provax from the pharmaceutical industry “.

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Some “certified” personalities have used #balancetonsalaire

The hashtag is also an opportunity for some to show their demand for an increase in allowances for the disabled, which are considered too low to live decently. For others, it is an opportunity to post a large salary earned through entrepreneurship.

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On the other hand, there are almost no “certified” accounts (with a little blue tick) participating in the movement. Except that of Elodie Hervé, journalist, who reveals a monthly average of 1,400 euros net, with a variable salary linked to freelancer status. As well as… the chroniclers of the show Touche pas à mon poste, all of whom refused to give their salaries on Thursday on the set of the show during the debate on the hashtag #balancetonsalaire, except for two between them.

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