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Pay insult makes women strikers more determined at Fawley oil refinery

by Bobby Noyes
Issue No. 2570

Baxterstorey canteen workers picket at Fawley oil refinery

Baxterstorey canteen workers picket at Fawley oil refinery (Pic: Unite South East)

Canteen workers employed by Baxterstorey at the Fawley oil refinery in Hampshire were on the picket line again on Tuesday and Friday last week and Monday this week.

The Unite union members are fighting for a pay rise of over 1.5 percent.

They were even more determined after finding out that Baxterstorey is paying scabs £8.01 per hour when those on strike were only getting £7.50 to £8 per hour.

This insult has made the women even more determined. They were out in force on both days.

They received a sympathetic response from Esso employees going in. Many stopped for a chat, which effectively slowed the line of cars and delivery lorries waiting to go in.

Support for the picket line has come from Southampton trades council and Unite Community.

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