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Dutch court rules in favour of striking Shell employees

So far, Shell does not want to meet the demands of employees, such as a 5% wage increase and concrete agreements on less work pressure. Shell has previously said that it will reduce the wages of striking employees.

Printed below is an English translation of an article published today by the Dutch FT, Financieele Dagblad.

Shell employees may refuse to work overtime in the context of collective labor agreements

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Shell employees may continue to take action at a refinery of the energy group in Moerdijk. The staff does not have to work overtime for major maintenance at this location, a court in Breda ruled on Friday afternoon.

Refusing to work overtime is part of trade union actions for a better collective labor agreement. Shell wanted to force the court to force the unions to stop part of their actions at Moerdijk. CLA protests make it impossible to carry out maintenance on a petrochemical installation, as a result of which safety is at stake, according to Shell. That is why it wants the unions to cooperate fully in the maintenance stop. But in a tight summary proceedings, Shell was blunt, the trade unions and the Brabant media reported.

No security risk

According to negotiator Piet Verburg of CNV Vakmensen, the verdict of the court means that the trade unions call on employees to run normal eight-hour shifts at the Moerdijk location in the coming period. And so no overtime and twelve-hour shifts.

“That means that maintenance is delayed, but there is absolutely no security risk at the moment,” says Verburg. “It is an empty factory, there are no hazardous substances. Fortunately, the judge recognized this and allowed the employees to continue their actions. ”

So far, Shell does not want to meet the demands of employees, such as a 5% wage increase and concrete agreements on less work pressure. Shell has previously said that it will reduce the wages of striking employees.

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