Wildcat refinery strike spreads across UK
A wildcat strike over jobs escalated today when 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 a row over the recruitment of non-UK workers.
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