UK trade union, MP rally to stop closure of Shell lubricant centre

01 June 2012 17:11  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Trade union Unite and a local Member of Parliament (MP) on Friday said they would join forces to secure the future of Shell’s last UK manufacturing site in Stanlow, Cheshire.

Unite said “a question mark hangs over the future” of the lubricant’s centre in Stanlow after energy and chemicals major Shell announced plans to review the site which could affect over 100 jobs.

Andrew Miller, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston said he will raise concerns about the future of the site and the impact it will have on local communities and skilled jobs with UK ministers .

“We will not stand by and let over 100 highly skilled jobs seep out of this area,” said Paul Done, Unite's senior workplace representative.

“The closure of the Stanlow site will have a devastating impact on workers and their families. And there is bound to be a knock on effect to local suppliers and the wider community – putting hundreds more jobs at risk,” he added.

Shell appears to have decided to leave the UK as far as manufacturing and research and development is concerned,” said Done.

In August last year, India’s Essar Energy completed the purchase of the Stanlow refinery from Shell.

The deal included oil products and chemicals manufacturing and rights to certain distribution terminal assets, as well as commercial bulk fuels and local marine fuels businesses associated with the refinery.

It did not include Shell’s higher olefins plant and alcohols units at Stanlow, a lubricant oils blending plant and Shell’s lubricants marketing business.

Unite is the UK and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5m members working in all sectors of the economy.

By: Franco Capaldo
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