Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: http://www.socialistparty.org.uk/articles/23257

Posted on 18 July 2016 at 15:39 GMT

Fawley refinery contractors strike against 'race to bottom'

Fawley oil refinery, Hampshire photo Nick/Creative Commons

Fawley oil refinery, Hampshire photo Nick/Creative Commons   (Click to enlarge)

On 14 July workers from contractors NICO at the Fawley refinery, members of Unite, took strike action against the super-exploitation of migrant workers from Italy and Bulgaria, being paid 48 for a 10 hour shift, instead of 125. This is a flagrant breach of the national agreements for work at Fawley and other sites across the country.

Picketing at the main entrances strikers got excellent support from ESSO employees and other contractors on site. This is the first official strike at Fawley since the 1980s and shows how the mood against the 'race to the bottom' is growing.

"We may be nearing retirement but how could younger workers or our children come here and live off wages like that?", explained one of the strikers. Unite official Malcolm Bonnett said further strike action is planned for 27 July unless agreement is reached with the contractor. "We are here to say that all workers on this site should be paid the agreed rate for the job."

Nick Chaffey

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 18 July 2016 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.






Related links:

Fawley:

triangleUnite election - fight the Blairites, vote Len McCluskey

triangleFawley strike defeats 'race to bottom' exploitation of migrant workers

triangleWorkplace news in brief

triangleThem & Us

triangleRats in the mess room at Exxon Fawley site

Workers:

triangleTata pension deal: 'Gun to the head' offer accepted

Strike:

triangleAslef members reject Southern deal - now for coordinated action to fight to win

Refinery:

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: Lessons of the 2009 Lindsey Refinery strike

triangleWhat recovery? Thousands more jobs axed

Migrant workers:

triangleHuge anger internationally on marches against Trump

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

20/2/17

Russian revolution

Meetings on the 1917 Russian Revolution

17/2/17

Steel

Tata pension deal: 'Gun to the head' offer accepted

15/2/17

London

Vibrant Picturehouse pickets in continued living wage strike

15/2/17

Leicester

Thousands march to defend Glenfield heart centre

15/2/17

May Day

May Day greetings in the Socialist

15/2/17

Fracking

Toxic fracking could start in England in 2017

15/2/17

The Socialist

The Socialist: 20 years old and more important than ever

15/2/17

Unite

Workplace news in brief

15/2/17

PCS

PCS union pledges to fight Jobcentre job losses at public meetings

15/2/17

Tesco

Solidarity with Tesco Ireland Valentine's Day strike

15/2/17

IWGB

Ultimatum as Deliveroo drivers down tools in Brighton

15/2/17

PCS

"Disgraceful" treatment of sacked EHRC workers

15/2/17

Rail

United fightback needed as entire grade of rail worker is at stake

15/2/17

Trump

Resist Trump and his rotten policies: why I'm walking out on 'Day X'

15/2/17

Socialist Party

New Socialist Party press

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle17 Feb Tata pension deal: 'Gun to the head' offer accepted

triangle16 Feb Aslef members reject Southern deal - now for coordinated action to...

triangle15 Feb Socialist Students: growing, brimming with confidence

triangle15 Feb March to save #OurNHS

triangle15 Feb Vibrant Picturehouse pickets in continued living wage strike

triangle15 Feb French presidential election: crisis in the establishment parties

No cuts!, photo by JB

triangle15 Feb Council cuts can be fought - and they must be!

More ...

triangle21 Feb Bristol North Socialist Party: Where is Britain heading?

triangle21 Feb Manchester Socialist Party: Where does British capitalism come from?

triangle22 Feb Caerphilly & RCT Socialist Party: The fight against Trump

triangle22 Feb Hackney & Islington Socialist Party: Russia's February 1917 revolution

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Archive

Archives:

February 2017

January 2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

Legal

SP RSS feed RSS

Platform setting: = No platform choice