Trade unionists are rallying behind the striking construction workers. Delegations from the Unison union, the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and Chesterfield trades council all joined protests at the Lindsey site.
And students from Leeds Metropolitan University made a banner to show their support.
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack told the strikers, “When people can’t stick together for their rights without breaking the law, the law needs to be changed.”
Watford trades council organised a protest at Total’s headquarters in the town on Monday of this week to draw attention to the strikers’ cause.
Many trade unionists are also collecting donations. Unite union members at the Fujitsu IT company raised £200 at a weekend school. Unison members collected £250 at the end of the union’s conference in Brighton last week.
Activists also collected £80 at Sheffield’s LGBT Pride festival last weekend. “The strikers were really grateful for the collection when we took it to the picket line,” said Tim.
Trade union activists have launched an online statement supporting the strikers. It is attracting support from across the country. To add your name go to www.ipetitions.com/petition/lindsey