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Stop stealing our jobs: Thousands of oil workers across Britain walk out in row over influx of foreign labour

Posted By admin On January 30, 2009 @ 4:42 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Chris Brooke
UK Daily Mail [1]
Friday, Jan 30, 2009

A bitter dispute over the use of foreign workers on a multimillion-pound construction project at an oil refinery spread across the country after a series of wildcat strikes were called.

A decision to bring in hundreds of Italian and Portuguese contractors to work on a new £200 million plant at the giant Lindsey Oil Refinery in north Lincolnshire, led to protests in support of jobs for British workers.

Several hundred demonstrators gathered for a third day outside the plant following a walk-out by contractors on Wednesday, but the unofficial action spread to other parts of the UK, including Scotland and Wales.

Hundreds of workers at the giant Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland walked out following an early morning meeting.

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The mechanical contractors, who work for BP and INEOS, said they were supporting their colleagues in Lincolnshire.

Bobby Buirds, a regional officer for the union Unite in Scotland, said the workers at Grangemouth were striking to protect British jobs.

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[3] Labour’s betrayal of British workers: Nearly every one of 1.67m jobs created since 1997 has gone to a foreigner: http://www.prisonplanet.com/labours-betrayal-of-british-workers-nearly-every-one-of-1-67m-jobs-created-since-1997-has-gone-to-a-foreigner.html

[4] Thousands of workers face overtime ban after MEPs block Britain’s opt-out of Europe’s 48-hour week: http://www.prisonplanet.com/thousands-of-workers-face-overtime-ban-after-meps-block-britains-opt-out-of-europes-48-hour-week.html

[5] UK: Nine out of ten jobs created last year went to foreign nationals: http://www.prisonplanet.com/uk-nine-out-of-ten-jobs-created-last-year-went-to-foreign-nationals.html

[6] Foreign worker numbers surge to a record 2.4m as Eastern Europeans return to Britain: http://www.prisonplanet.com/foreign-worker-numbers-surge-to-a-record-2-4m-as-eastern-europeans-return-to-britain.html

[7] Telecoms firm BT cuts 10,000 jobs: http://www.prisonplanet.com/telecoms-firm-bt-cuts-10000-jobs.html

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