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[olympiaworkers] Energy wildcat strikes spread across UK

Energy wildcat strikes spread across UK

Jun 18 2009

The oil refinery wildcat strike over redundancies has escalated as workers
from several power stations and oil terminals across the UK took
unofficial industrial action.

The dispute flared a week ago at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire
when a contractor laid off 51 workers while another employer on the site
was hiring staff.

Around 1,200 contract workers at the terminal, which is owned by Total,
have been taking unofficial action all week as efforts were made to
convene talks.

Sources said today that workers at several other sites across the country
joined the industrial action, hitting power stations at Drax and
Eggborough in Yorkshire, Ratcliffe and West Burton in Nottinghamshire,
Fiddlers Ferry in Cheshire and Aberthaw in South Wales.

Contractors at a BP refinery near Hull also joined the strike action.

Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB union, said he had been in touch
with the conciliation service Acas and was seeking an urgent meeting with
the head of Total to try to break the deadlock.

The Lindsey refinery was hit by strikes earlier this year in what was
largely seen as a row over the recruitment of non-UK workers but in
reality was over the termination of workers' contracts and their
replacement by other workers.

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