Strike ends at SABIC’s Geleen, Netherlands site

05 February 2013 17:48  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A strike at the Geleen, Netherlands site operated by Saudi Arabian petrochemicals major SABIC has ended, the union representing workers at the site said on Tuesday.

According to Netherlands trade union FNV Bondgenoten, the strike was called off by union members despite being unable to come to an agreement on proposed revisions to the employee collective labour agreement (CLA).

“Union members decided to end the strike, despite the fact that there isn’t an agreement with SABIC,” said an FNV Bondgenoten spokesman.

SABIC’s two crackers and some of its derivative units had been running at reduced rates towards the end of last week as a result of the strike, which began on 31 January after the workers’ union and SABIC management failed to agree on new contracts.

The dispute is understood to be related to the CLA’s redundancy plan, which had been unchanged since 1999, when the Geleen site was still owned by Dutch specialty chemicals firm DSM.

Despite the inability of union representatives and site management to come to an agreement on the redundancy measures, Geleen employees returned to work today, according to another FNV representative.

“People returned to work [at the site] at 7 o’clock this morning,” said FNV trade union official Henk van Rees.

By: Tom Brown
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