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'We won't go back crawling on our bellies'

Issue No. 2157

Hundreds of pickets marched down the road around the Lindsey refinery to the entrance of the nearby ConocoPhillips site on Monday morning.

In the site’s car park over 300 contract maintenance workers were huddled in a circle discussing whether to join the unofficial strikes in solidarity.

The Lindsey workers waited. Then the hands of the ConocoPhilips workers were raised and they turned and marched out the gate to cheers and applause.

The road around the refinery was now closed as the workers marched back up to Lindsey.

They ignored the fences intended to pen in the pickets on the other side of the road.

While hundreds of construction workers filled the road, some police stood inside the fence.

A mass meeting was held in the car park and many workers burned their dismissal notices in an act of defiance.

The letters had given them until 5pm that day to reapply for their jobs.

GMB union rep Phil Whitehurst said, “We came out together, so we’ll go back together. We’ve shown them that none of us want to go back in there crawling on their bellies for their jobs.”

After the meeting each group for the different subcontractors stood together to discuss their place in the dispute and what they need to do next to take the fight forward.

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