Hundreds walk out of oil refinery over ‘take it or leave it’ contracts

by - 26th September 2011, 10.05 BST

Around 2,000 workers and protesting electricians have taken part in a Unite action outside the Lindsey Oil Refinery in north Lincolnshire.

An estimated 1,500 electricians, heating engineers, scaffolders, pipefitters, welders walked out of the terminal to meet Unite officials and electricians taking part in the demonstration.

Today’s action is the latest in a series of protests initiated by rank-and-file activists against plans by eight rogue employers to tear up long-standing national agreements covering skill levels, safety and pay. They have been told if they do not sign the new contracts, they will be out of a job.

Unite is considering balloting for strike action over these ‘take it or leave it’ contracts. Workers inside the refinery said they would consider taking part in further action but only if the whole workforce was called out.

Further protests against the employers – Balfour Beatty, Crown House Technologies, Spie Matthew Hall, Shepherd Engineering Services, Gratte Brothers, MJN Colston Limited, T Clarke plc and NG Bailey – are scheduled for Wednesday at King’s Cross station in London and the Commonwealth Games Velodrome in Glasgow.

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