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Stanlow Refinery Sale: Sadly Shell has revealed its true colours

Received from a worker at Shell Stanlow Refinery

Authentic Shell email sent 18 November

Says company has used “underhanded tactics”

—–Original Message—–
From:   Wood, Ron P SUKOP-OMP/11/06
Sent:   18 November 2009 14:04
Cc:     ‘[email protected]
Subject: Recognition Update


As planned Alan Rowlands and I , along with our Full Time Officer Graham Daley, met with HR today where we had hoped to be in a position to sign your Recognition Agreement. Unfortunately HR raised, for the first time, that Shell always insists on a ballot in these situations. When we challenged this the only example they could give involved 10 employees working in a joint venture at Gatwick Airport in 2006!!!

Significantly the company has never mentioned this “absolute requirement” in any previous correspondence or meeting. This requirement would only apply if we had a low proportion of members in the agreed bargaining unit and is clearly an attempt to further delay your collective bargaining rights. We will not be going down the ballot route and are meeting the company again on Friday to further discuss signing of an agreement. You will note you were not offered a ballot when you were de-recognised nor when you have your annual pay offers.

Sadly Shell has revealed its true colours and we would advise you all to immediately contact Alan Rowlands in the CCR or on 4267 if management raise any matters regarding union membership, recognition or any type of anti-union message in any one to one or cascade meetings. Clearly the company are involved in an attempt to mislead you about recognition and if you want to know what recognition means go to the Message of Support section of our website ( and read the message from Dave Thomas, the steward of the Maintenance Techs at CIP.

Our resolve to sign this agreement has only been strengthened by the company’s underhanded tactics and we hope to report more positive news after Friday.

Please can you make sure that all your work colleagues read this email as I may not have them all on our mailing list. If anyone wishes to be added to the mailing list please get them to reply to this email

Branch Secretary NW428
Correspondence Address:
Shell UK Oil Products Limited,
Stanlow Manufacturing Complex,
PO Box 3, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 4HB, United Kingdom
Tel: +44(0)151 350 4500
Fax: +44(0)151 350 4500
Email: [email protected]

(According to information on the Internet, the author of the email, Mr Ron Wood, has worked at Shell’s Stanlow Manufacturing Site in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire for nearly 40 years. He is a steward, branch secretary, union appointed safety rep and represents Unite on the Chemical and Downstream Oil Industry Forum.)

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