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US strikers squeeze bosses as oil row enters third week

Issue No. 2441

Oil refinery workers in the US entered the third week of their most significant strike for decades this week.

The strike is stretching refinery bosses. In an attempt to keep up the pretence of a fully functioning site, some scabs and managers have been forced to sleep in the refineries overnight.

Around 5,500 workers are striking at 11 plants. The workers’ United Steelworkers union called the strike on 31 January after talks with bosses over contracts broke down.

The strike is about pay and safety. Strikers want to double the size of the annual pay increases, get more healthcare coverage and reduced use of non-union contract workers.

Both the union and refinery bosses were preparing to resume negotiations on Wednesday.


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Tue 17 Feb 2015, 15:56 GMT
Issue No. 2441
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