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Refinery workers reject plans for Shell Stanlow sale to Essar

Out of the frying pan and into the fire… to go from a situation that is bad, to one that is even worse…

By John Donovan

Representatives of the Unite union had a meeting on 1 March with Shell and Essar to discuss the proposed employee transfer arrangements arising from Shell’s pending sale of the Stanlow Refinery to Essar Oil.

Unite was appalled at the proposed plans and is accusing Shell of reneging on its final salary pension scheme promise to employees when they joined the company.

The union says:

“We cannot allow Shell to walk away from their obligations to their loyal staff”.

Workers also have deep concerns over Essar’s alleged ruthless track record in the treatment of employees arising from Essar acquisitions in North America.

There is also some obvious anxiety over the news earlier today that Prashant Ruia, the CEO of Essar Group, has been interrogated by detectives from the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation in relation to a £24billion corruption case.

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