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The Socialist 8 February 2012

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Save the NHS!

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Kingston Hospital: Save all NHS jobs


London - a tale of two cities

Exploiting the unemployed to line the pockets of big business

Safe railways, not shopping malls

Them & Us


Students drop out of college without EMA

Leeds Trinity students fight canteen cuts

New society at Leeds College


Scrap the Welfare Reform Bill

Tactics to stop racist EDL

Manchester Sure Starts saved!

Tower Hamlets: Save Rushmead one stop shop - fight all cuts

Salford campaign saves day care centres

Defend care services in Medway


Mubarak's state machine blamed for football massacre


UCU special conference

Reinstate sacked PCS steward, John Brookes!

The scandalous role of London Unison - Demand that it defends Len Hockey!

Striking oil tanker drivers demand meaningful talks

Workplace news in brief


Tory policies hit women hardest

We need fighting trade unions

Review: Borgen - politics and crime in Denmark

 
 

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Striking oil tanker drivers demand meaningful talks

123 oil tanker drivers, employed by haulage firm Wincanton on the ConocoPhillips contract to deliver fuel to Jet forecourts, began their second week of strike action on Friday 3rd February.

They are taking action to try to force their employers to give them assurances about their future employment.

This is because Wincanton's current five year contract ends in June so now they are on a rolling six month contract which means they could be given notice at any time.

Having just seen ConocoPhillips give their office staff at the Immingham refinery depot 90 days notice, the drivers are understandably worried about their futures.

The drivers, all Unite members, are rightly proud of the professional standards they achieve in a potentially dangerous industry.

They are worried that the 'race to the bottom' that the bosses are wanting to implement will not only throw them out of work or cut their hard won terms and conditions, but lead to a reduction in heath and safety, cover-ups and ultimately a disaster.

One driver told me that he thought Conoco wanted to get out of delivery altogether and say to dealers: "Here's a field with oil in it, come and get your own supplies".

In a tactical move, the drivers suspended their strike on Saturday morning, calling on Wincanton and ConocoPhillips to enter meaningful talks.

However, if these are not forthcoming, then notice has already been served of another seven days strike action starting on Thursday 9th February.

Alistair Tice

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 5 February 2012 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.


In this issue


Socialist Party NHS campaigning

Save the NHS!

Prince Philip Hospital Llanelli: We can defeat cuts plans

Kingston Hospital: Save all NHS jobs


Socialist Party news and analysis

London - a tale of two cities

Exploiting the unemployed to line the pockets of big business

Safe railways, not shopping malls

Them & Us


Socialist Party youth and students

Students drop out of college without EMA

Leeds Trinity students fight canteen cuts

New society at Leeds College


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Scrap the Welfare Reform Bill

Tactics to stop racist EDL

Manchester Sure Starts saved!

Tower Hamlets: Save Rushmead one stop shop - fight all cuts

Salford campaign saves day care centres

Defend care services in Medway


International socialist news and analysis

Mubarak's state machine blamed for football massacre


Socialist Party workplace news

UCU special conference

Reinstate sacked PCS steward, John Brookes!

The scandalous role of London Unison - Demand that it defends Len Hockey!

Striking oil tanker drivers demand meaningful talks

Workplace news in brief


The Socialist - reviews & readers' comments

Tory policies hit women hardest

We need fighting trade unions

Review: Borgen - politics and crime in Denmark


 

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