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Unite strike ballot at Essar Stanlow set to go ahead next week

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will begin balloting more than 500 members at Essar Oil (UK) in Ellesmere Port next week on whether they wish to take industrial action up to and including strike action over potential job losses.

The ballot opens on Monday 8 April 2019 and closes on Monday 29 April 2019.

Up to 155 workers’ jobs are under threat at the Stanlow site following Essar’s plans to decommission the Shell Higher Olefins Plant (SHOP) and Alcohols units, leaving staff desperately worried about their future.

Unite continues to call on Essar to “guarantee no compulsory redundancies” and commit to continuity of employment for its members, by working with the union to reach a fair resolution.

Unite regional coordinating officer Mick Chalmers said: “Unite will continue to press for guarantees of no compulsory redundancies from Essar and to ensure that ‘at risk’ staff will be considered for suitable redeployment.

“The ongoing uncertainty means our members are feeling increasingly betrayed because of the company’s refusal to give assurances on jobs and continuity of employment.

“Unite now has no option but to ballot our members for industrial action but we hope Essar management come to their senses and return to the negotiating table to find a sensible solution to this dispute.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Mick Chalmers on 07739 655 302 and/or Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 0151 559 2004 or 07768 931 316. Unite press office is on 020 3371 2065.

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