Further talks are scheduled in the industrial dispute with Essar over pay, pensions and unpaid bonuses.

The 400 plus workers, who are members of the Unite union, are based at the Stanlow oil refinery in Cheshire. The result of the ballot, which was announced today (Wednesday 29 September), is an overwhelming 98 per cent in favour of industrial action.

Union members are in dispute on three central issues:

  • failure of the company to honour the 2019 signed pay agreement,
  • the failure of the company to pay the workers a bonus in 2019/20 and 2020/21,
  • the proposed closure of the final salary pension scheme. 

The company has now agreed to begin talks to resolve the dispute over the three issues and, as a result, has agreed to delay the proposed closure of the pension scheme.

Unite regional coordinating officer Mick Chalmers said:Our members play a critical role in keeping the economy moving and deserve fair pay, bonuses and pensions for the vital role they play. 

Our members cannot and will not accept any attacks to their terms and conditions after working tirelessly through a global pandemic. Unite has created space and opportunity for Essar to return to the negotiating table. 

Make no mistake, if Essar abuses this gesture or fails to make an acceptable offer, strike action will be called.” 


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