By John Donovan
CBC News says that Shell has been reprimanded by Canadian authorities for refusing to allow employees a few hours off to vote in a federal election.
This is, however, a relatively minor infraction of employee rights compared with other issues of contention involving Shell and its employees.
One example is when Shell suddenly decides to axe thousands of employees, as a consequence of a “transformation” or some other cost cutting excise brought about solely by the actions of grossly overpaid senior managers. How must supposedly redundant Shell employees feel when invited to reapply for their own jobs?
Shell has even grabbed sacked workers overseas service tax breaks.
Shell is now apparently intending to bring the same hardline approach to its dealings with Shell pensioners.
We recently published a notification letter sent by a Shell HR VP to all Shell UK pensioners.
Basically, Shell is intending to scrap the network of 45 Pensioner Liaison Representatives established over 40 years ago, who currently represent 28,000 Shell UK pensioners.
Although Shell still rakes in billions of dollars in annual profits, the reason given is cost-cutting arising from the BG takeover and the low price of oil.
A retired Shell employee commented after reading the Shell letter “…the great Mr Loudon, who insisted on fair treatment of Shell employees, will surely be turning in his grave”.
How is any of this behaviour in accordance with Shell’s claimed business principles?