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Union workers to extend strike at Shell Pernis refinery

April 18/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- Dutch trade union workers have decided to extend strike action at Royal Dutch Shells Pernis oil refinery that they said would limit production to 65 percent of capacity, reported Reuters with reference to union spokesman Egbert Schellenberg.

Schellenberg, spokesman for the FNV union, said the action would continue at least until Shell came back with an offer that could reopen wage negotiations.

So far, Shell has made no proposal to settle the dispute over wage increases which has led to work stoppages at Europes largest refinery and Moerdijk chemical plants in the Netherlands since April 8, unions said.

Schellenberg said that in addition to the action at the 404,000 barrel a day Pernis refinery, the strike will continue to prevent maintenance at the Moerdijk facility.

Workers are demanding an immediate pay rise of 5 percent, while Shell has offered an increase of 4.5 percent spread out over two years.

Striking workers shut down a thermal gasoil installation at Pernis on Monday, the unions said, in the first sign of any impact from industrial action on the oil refinery.

As MRC informed before, in May 2018. China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) and Shell Nanhai B.V. (Shell) announced the official start-up of the second ethylene cracker at their Nanhai petrochemicals complex in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China.

Royal Dutch Shell plc is incorporated in England and Wales, has its headquarters in The Hague and is listed on the London, Amsterdam, and New York stock exchanges. Shell companies have operations in more than 70 countries and territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production; production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids; manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and renewable energy projects.
Author:Margaret Volkova
Tags:crude and gaz condensate, petrochemistry, CNOOC, Shell, China, Netherlands.
Category:General News
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