U.K. power stations, refineries hit by walkouts
June 22, 2009
According to MarketWatch, Hundreds of workers at power plants and refineries across the U.K. downed tools on in support of around 650 staff who were fired by French oil giant Total last week. Around 400 workers at two liquefied natural gas plants in Wales have refused to work, joining around another 400 contractors at two power stations in Wales and Northern England, including the station operated by Drax Group according to a BBC report. The fresh walkouts came as protesters outside the Lindsey oil refinery in Northern England burned letters that notified them that they have been fired and have to reapply for their jobs. The workers at the Lindsey plant were fired by Total after taking unofficial strike action. Workers at two more power stations have voted not to work and activists are expecting more walkouts in the coming days, the BBC reported. The contractors at the Lindsey site had been building another plant next to the original refinery. They walked out after a sub-contractor axed around 50 jobs, even while another sub-contractor at the site was hiring people. The workers said that broke an agreement reached in February after another dispute over the use of foreign labor.