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Bloomberg: Shell Pernis Workers Reject Wage Offer in Vote, May Take Action

By Fred Pals

Feb. 14 (Bloomberg) — Workers at Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s 420,000 barrel-a-day Pernis refinery in Rotterdam, Europe’s largest, rejected a wage proposal in a final voting round today, a union official said.

All 500 union members that voted in two sessions today rejected Shell’s offer, said Egbert Schellenberg, head of the FNV Bondgenoten union, in a telephone interview. “We will demand a new proposal from Shell tomorrow,” Schellenberg said. Labor actions, including a strike, can’t be excluded if Shell doesn’t come up with an improved proposal, he added.

Talks concluded Jan. 31 after Shell presented its final offer. Union leaders want more than the annual 3.5 percent wage increase for the next two years proposed by management. The current labor agreement expires March 1.

Pernis, an integrated oil-processing plant that specializes in refining Middle Eastern crude, also makes chemicals such as brake fluids and solvents.

To contact the reporter on this story: Fred Pals in Amsterdam at [email protected]

Last Updated: February 14, 2008 15:30 EST

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