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Threat of strikes at oil refinery end as new pay deal accepted

The threat of possible strike action at Stanlow oil refinery in Ellesmere Port has ended after a new pay deal was accepted.

Unite said its members had backed an agreement with Essar which covers the issues of pay, bonuses and pensions.

The move comes after more than 400 workers voted in favour of strike action in September, returning a 98.5% yes vote.

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Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “This was a highly complicated dispute and it is good news that members of Unite have felt able to accept the vastly improved offer.

“Unite does exactly what it says on the union tin: fight to defend our members’ jobs, pay and conditions.

“The pay and conditions deal for workers at Stanlow demonstrates this approach is paying dividends for Unite members.”

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Workers have accepted a deal which provides a backdated pay increase from January 2021 of 1.5% and they will also receive a further pay increase of 6.2% from January 2022.

The bonus payment will now be paid in full while a “satisfactory outcome” on the pensions issue was also agreed, United added.

Unite regional co-ordinating officer Mick Chalmers said: “The fantastic ballot result by our members was the catalyst to ensure that Essar had to enter into serious negotiations and a fair resolution could be agreed.

“This deal is important in the long-term as it will greatly assist in the transition of Stanlow from being an oil refinery into a hub for low carbon energy.”

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