Shell to end strikes as Dutch unions agree to new pay offer

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Shell and Dutch trade unions have agreed to end a wage dispute, as the oil company submitted a new pay offer in a bid to end industrial action at its Pernis oil refinery and Moerdijk petrochemicals plants in the Netherlands.

The Anglo-Dutch oil and gas major is projecting that the strikes will end on Friday afternoon.

CNV union spokesman, Piet Verburg said unions on Friday will advise employees at Europe’s largest oil refinery and the chemical plants to end their strikes, which started on April 8.

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“Shell has offered an improved and ultimate proposal for the Collective Labour Agreement (CLA) for Pernis and Moerdijk to the unions,” a Shell spokesman said late on Thursday.

“Higher than initially planned, the headroom was found by extending the CLA to 3 years,” he added.

The Shell offer includes a pay rise of 3 percent in 2019, 2 percent in 2020 and 2.5 percent in 2021, the spokesman said. An additional merit-based increase of 1.5 percent per year will be available during the three years.

Yetunde Adegoke

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