Striking refinery workers agree to end oil strike

Foreign workers to loose jobs initially allocated to them 6th February 2009: The more than a week strike by the UK refinery workers over the hiring of hundreds of foreign workers for a construction project has ended.

The strike which started on 28th January will see half of the jobs originally intended for foreign sub-contractors go to British workers.
According to Unions, workers will stay off the job for the rest of this week to show solidarity with workers involved in related disputes across the country.
After nearly an hour of deliberations on Thursday at the refinery, workers voted to accept the proposal from union leaders and companies.
According to Keith Gibson of the GMB union, 102 of the nearly 200 jobs will now go to British workers and insist on transparency which will see Italian, French, Portuguese workers getting the same rates and conditions as British workers, CNN reported.
It has also been reported that Union Leaders have been involved in three days of talks with oil giant Total, Jacobs, the main site contractor, and IREM, the Italian firm hired to carry out the project, in talks moderated by arbitration service ACAS.
In addition, Total has rejected accusation from the Union that it has been discriminating British workers by subcontracting with IREM which has hired workers from Italy.
Earlier on, a mass meeting at Lindsey rejected a proposal to end the dispute over Total’s decision to award a construction subcontract to Italy-based Company IREM, which intends to bring in its own staff from abroad rather than use local workers for the project, BBC reported.
The proposed deal, according to BBC reports, would have given around 60 jobs or 23%-24% of the posts to U.K. workers.

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