April 25, 2019 / 9:41 PM / 25 days ago

Shell, Dutch unions agree to end Pernis strike on Friday

FILE PHOTO: A passenger plane flies over a Shell logo at a petrol station in west London, Britain, January 29, 2015. REUTERS/Toby Melville

AMSTERDAM/LONDON (Reuters) - Dutch trade unions and oil major Royal Dutch Shell have agreed to end a wage dispute which has hit production at the company’s Pernis oil refinery and Moerdijk chemical plants in the Netherlands in recent weeks.

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.

“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.

Shell said it expected the unions to end the strike on Friday afternoon.

Reporting by Bart Meijer in Amsterdam and Ahmad Ghaddar in London, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien and Kirsten Donovan

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