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Essar Stanlow refinery workers threaten strike vote over job losses

Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will begin the process to ballot more than 500 members at Essar Oil (UK) in Ellesmere Port on whether they wish to take industrial action up to and including strike action over potential job losses, and the company’s failure to consult with staff meaningfully.

Unite has accused Essar of failing to explore every reasonable option to minimise job losses, including the redeployment of workers by replacing contractor or agency roles with Essar staff, or through the creation of new positions. The proposed job losses come at the same time as record levels of overtime are being worked.

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 calls 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 be offering our members maximum support and pressing for guarantees of no compulsory redundancies from Essar.

“Our members are feeling increasingly betrayed because of the company’s refusal to give assurances on jobs and continuity of employment.

“We will fight compulsory redundancies by every means open to us, including industrial action.

“Essar needs to stop its rushed plans for up to 155 job losses and take steps to redeploy our members at risk to avoid industrial action taking place.”

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For more information please contact Unite regional co-ordinating office Mick Chalmers on 0151 559 2004 or 07739 655302 or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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