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MarketWatch: Shell agrees to pay hike for Dutch refinery workers

By Reza Amanat
Last update: 9:03 a.m. EST March 5, 2008

LONDON (MarketWatch) — Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Dutch unions representing energy workers, have reached agreement over a 5.5% pay rise in 2008, for workers at Shell’s 420,000 barrel-a-day Pernis oil refinery, a union representative confirmed Wednesday.

The agreement includes an annual pay rise of 3.5% starting from March 1 and lasting until March 1, 2010, with an additional pay rise of 2% in the first year, after union representatives agreed workers would give up four days of annual leave.

The agreement has to be accepted by union members who are expected to vote on the deal on March 11, Shell spokesman Wim Van de Wiel said. “We expect union representatives to send a positive message to their members about the deal,” he added.

It is unclear how many staff are affected by this deal, which also covers workers at the Moerdijk chemical plant.

FNV Bondgenoten’s union leader, Egbert Schellenberg, told Dow Jones Newswires that 2,300 employees will be directly affected.

However, Van de Wiel said: “according to our estimates, the deal will affect 2,100 employees.”

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