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GDF privatization bad for consumers unions say

by Laurent GUERBY Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 01:57:02 PM EST

Employee representatives of Gaz de France have written a public letter, published on Libération:


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Tous ces éléments avérés montrent bien que la préoccupation de l'entreprise n'est nullement de faire bénéficier les usagers des meilleurs prix.

Concernant la sécurité d'approvisionnement, celle-ci est d'abord liée aux accords politiques entre les gouvernements comme le confirme le dernier G8. La sécurité d'approvisionnement de la France a été construite par la signature de contrats à long terme d'une durée de 25 à 30 ans avec les pays producteurs. C'est cette politique que la France a conduite qui a permis à la population française d'accéder au gaz à des tarifs les moins chers d'Europe alors même que la France était un des pays les moins pourvus en gaz.
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Translation:


All these facts show that the company objective is not to provide consumers with low prices.

About security of supply, the main factor are the government political agreements as shown in the last G8. French security of supply was built with long term contracts - 25 to 30 years - with producer countries. This is this very policy that enabled french citizens to get amongst the lowest gaz prices in Europe whereas France had amongst the smallest gaz reserve.



There is also a passage where the employees say that nearly too much gas was sent to the USA (where price are higher and using Suez infrastructure...) and that a shutdown of the west of France gaz system was barely avoided.

Nice data on a public company not passing lowest prices to the consumer in preparation for the privatization.

And of course disclosure of some data required by law didn't happen.

I don't know how this will end...

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at the ANPE.


Rien n'est gratuit en ce bas monde. Tout s'expie, le bien comme le mal, se paie tot ou tard. Le bien c'est beaucoup plus cher, forcement. Celine
by UnEstranAvecVueSurMer (holopherne ahem gmail) on Mon Jul 24th, 2006 at 02:32:55 PM EST
Thanks for passing this on. This is disturbing...more money for the CEO and the shareholders by screwing the public? Wonderful...

"Once in awhile we get shown the light, in the strangest of places, if we look at it right" - Hunter/Garcia
by whataboutbob on Tue Jul 25th, 2006 at 06:47:10 AM EST


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