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Workplace and TU campaigns / Refinery


1 September 2017

Fawley refinery canteen strikers tell their employer: "pay up"

Women working for caterers Baxter Stanley in the canteen at the Fawley refinery (near Southampton) voted unanimously to strike over their derisory 12p pay rise

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3 August 2016

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

Striking Unite members working for contractors NICO at the massive Fawley refinery in Hampshire have won an important victory for trade unionists against the bosses' race to the bottom.

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18 July 2016

Fawley refinery strike against 'race to bottom'

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.

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10 February 2016

Workplace news in brief

Short reports on some of the latest trade union struggles. Action against blacklisting at Fawley refinery near Southampton and potential opera chorus strike.

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12 November 2014

What recovery? Thousands more jobs axed

Rolls Royce: The Con-Dems much vaunted economic recovery is a mirage judged by the recently announced large scale job cuts affecting manufacturing and the service sector

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28 June 2012

Oil Refinery workers protest

There was a huge tail back of traffic outside the Esso Oil Refinery at Fawley in Hampshire this morning (27 June) where Unite staged a protest in defence of the NAECI/Blue Book agreement on wages and conditions

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Croyton protest 25 June 2012: dozens of workers, their families and supporters protested against imminent job losses Coryton Oil Refinery, pic Ian Pattison

Croyton protest

25 June 2012

No to job losses at Coryton

Solidarity needed: Release arrested protesters without charge Today, 25 June, dozens of workers, their families and supporters protested against imminent job losses Coryton Oil Refinery...

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Coryton refinery workers to spread protests , photo by  Socialist Party

Coryton refinery workers to spread protests , photo by Socialist Party

20 June 2012

Coryton refinery workers protesting on Monday

The fight to keep Coryton refinery open will intensify Monday 25 June. Protests against the closure have been called at Vopak oil terminal in Purfleet, Essex, Lindsey oil refinery, North Lincolnshire and...

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19 June 2012

Packed Coryton refinery meeting backs action to win

It was standing room only at the NSSN public meeting in support of Coryton oil refinery workers on Monday 18 June

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12 June 2012

Coryton refinery closure protests

If the government and the liquidators get their way, over 800 workers at Coryton oil refinery in Essex will be sacked as the plant is shut down on 19 June, writes Dave Murray.

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7 June 2012

Hundreds losing jobs at Coryton oil refinery

Coryton oil refinery in Essex is closing, which will involve the loss of 800 jobs. This is a profit-making concern which has provided 20% of the supply of petrol and diesel in London and the south east...

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26 January 2012

Sparks protest at Conoco and solidarity with Jet tanker drivers

Electricians from West Burton power station in Nottinghamshire and BP Saltend in Hull took strike action on Wednesday 25 January against the new Besna contracts being imposed on them, writes Alistair Tice.

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Banner outside ConocoPhilips’ Humber refinery in Immingham, 14 December 2011, photo Alistair Tice

14 December 2011

Action by construction workers escalates in the 17th week of protests

The 'Dirty 7' construction companies have finally been dragged kicking and screaming to the negotiating table by months of rank & file protest action. Read on for reports of protests on 14 December and the latest Socialist Party leaflet

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Construction engineers protest after being locked out, Fawley oil refinery, photo Nick Chaffey

4 July 2011

Fawley refinery construction engineers summarily sacked

NB Update appended on 5 July. Twenty locked out workers at the Exxon refinery at Fawley, Southampton, have begun a fight after being sacked without their redundancy rights

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7 July 2010

Lindsey refinery fire death: inquiry needed

Tragically, a 24 year old pipefitter was killed in a fire and explosion at Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) near Immingham, South Humberside, on 29 June...

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22 September 2009

Engineering construction: Stewards' forum recommends bosses' offer Workers should reject!

Ste Jones from Lindsey Oil Refinery construction site attended the national shop stewards forum for engineering construction on 17 September...

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Lindsey Oil Refinery: Keith Gibson at the burning of the redundancy notices, photo Jim Reeves

Lindsey Oil Refinery: Keith Gibson at the burning of the redundancy notices, photo Jim Reeves

30 June 2009

Militant action pays!

Lindsey Oil Refinery workers victory: Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) construction workers have won a stunning victory. All the workers' demands have been met. The 647 dismissals have been withdrawn, the 51 redundancies rescinded and all employees...

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28 June 2009

Video: Keith Gibson addresses NSSN conference on the Lindsey Oil Refinery strike

Keith Gibson, Socialist Party member and a leading member of the Lindsey Oil Refinery strike committee speaks about the strike to the National Shop stewards Network national conference 2009, held Saturday...

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23 June 2009

Lindsey refinery dispute: Workers show strength

In a symbolic act of defiance, sacked construction workers burned their dismissal letters, writes Keith Gibson, LOR strike committee.

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23 June 2009

Protests at Fiddlers Ferry

Support for Lindsey Oil Refinery workers: On 18 June, about 140 contract workers, a mix of Unite and GMB members, mounted a protest from 6.45am onwards on the approach to Fiddlers Ferry power station.

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