Up to 80 workers and supporters protested outside the Vopak oil terminal in Purfleet, Essex, on Saturday and Sunday of last week.
The protest was against plans to convert the Coryton oil refinery into a terminal, at the cost of 800 job losses.
Unfortunately the workers’ union, Unite, repudiated any unofficial picketing of Vopak after bosses threatened them with an injunction.
A blockade could have disrupted oil supplies to London and the South East
Unite is calling for a public inquiry into the government’s failure to support the refinery.
Unite regional organiser Russ Ball told Socialist Worker, “This was a good start, and we can build on it for the future.”