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Four-day strike at refinery

Issue No. 2430

Four-day strike at refinery

Workers at the Phillips 66 oil refinery in South Humberside walked out unofficially for four days last week.

Up to 600 walked out over safety concerns following a gas leak the previous week which injured two men.

The refinery processes barrels of oil into petrol and diesel.

Mechanical engineers, scaffolders, welders and pipe-fitters are among the workers who walked out.

GMB union officer Shaune Clarkson said, “All we want is a reassurance that the site is safe and some safety issues addressed."

On Friday of last week workers cast their vote by a show of hands, with many of those voting “no” at a mass meeting at the site to return to work.

One worker said of bosses, “They’re not going to do anything until someone is killed.”

Simon Basketter


Crane drivers vote on offer

Crane drivers called off a second day of planned strike action last Friday to consider a new pay offer.

HTC Plant tabled a proposal after the first strike by some 180 Ucatt union members.

Drivers were calling for an 8 percent increase. 

HTC imposed a 3 percent pay increase after the offer had been decisively rejected by crane drivers.


Building site blockaded over blacklisting

Some 30 anti-blacklisting campaigners took part in a protest at the construction site for a new power station in Carrington, Greater Manchester.

Activists and two workers who say they have been blacklisted blocked the main entrance. Lorries were backed-up and no vehicles were let in. No workers crossed the picket line. 

Campaigning is set to continue to get the blacklisted workers onto the Carrington site.

Adam Rose


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Tue 18 Nov 2014, 17:16 GMT
Issue No. 2430
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