Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://secure.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/585/7468

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 June 2009

Support for Lindsey Oil Refinery workers

Protests at Fiddlers Ferry

Fiddlers Ferry workers strike in solidarity with Lindsey Oil Refinery Construction workers, photo The Socialist

Fiddlers Ferry workers strike in solidarity with Lindsey Oil Refinery Construction workers, photo The Socialist

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.

A Warrington trades council delegate

The next day a couple of lads spoke to all those driving into the site and some turned round there and then. Others went in, held a meeting and came out around 9am.

Traffic was backed up on the main road for miles each way as the cars queued to turn onto the approach road. Then at about 9.15 text messages came through that Stanlow had walked! The BBC then turned up to film events.

These people are fighting for the very future of trade unionism in the construction industry, at financial cost to themselves and with the threat of blacklisting hanging over the organisers as well.

Warrington trades council supports them all the way and we took a letter stating our support to the protest on Friday. Every union member should support this dispute - if they win it will be tremendous, if they lose it paves the way to a non-union construction industry, on rock bottom wages with non-existent health and safety.

Fiddlers Ferry workers strike in solidarity with Lindsey Oil Refinery Construction workers, photo The Socialist

Fiddlers Ferry workers strike in solidarity with Lindsey Oil Refinery Construction workers, photo The Socialist

The trades council has been supporting a protest at Fiddlers Ferry by blacklisted electrician Steve Acheson since February and Steve's banners hung on the power station fence behind the protest, as they do every Friday. The BBC filmed Steve's banner which reads "Defend national agreements - trade union rates for all workers".

A GMB member told me: "There's been 150 out in support of LOR. We're all in touch by text and one of the Lindsey lads is over here today. We have to support the Lindsey lads and keep the NAECI Agreements." A Unite member from Lindsey added: "We came over yesterday to put our case and we are very grateful to the lads here for their support."


Cottam power station

When I visited the picket line at Cottam power station in Nottinghamshire, one LOR picket said a policeman had told him he was acting illegally by secondary picketing. He told the policeman that the law was made by tax evaders, fraudsters and swindlers. They had apologised for what they had done and he was apologising too, but he would be back the next day!

Jon Dale

Send solidarity messages

Lindsey Oil Refinery solidarity strikes: ConcoPhillips Humber refinery, photo Jim Reeves

Lindsey Oil Refinery solidarity strikes: ConcoPhillips Humber refinery, photo Jim Reeves

On 23 June, hundreds of workers at other big construction sites came out in support of the Lindsey workers. For example, there were 200 pickets at South Hook in Milford Haven, where the shop stewards gave out Socialist Party leaflets.

Workers at Sellafield and Stanlow came out in the north west and 200 were out at the Ratcliffe power station in Nottingham.

These workers need support in their battle with the bosses. Please send solidarity messages to doyle_a5@sky.com with copies to alistairtice@yahoo.co.uk.

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


In The Socialist 23 June 2009:

Lindsey refinery dispute: Workers show their strength

Protests at Fiddlers Ferry

New pamphlet: Lindsey, Visteon, Linamar - lessons from the disputes of Spring 2009


Youth fight for jobs

No to mass youth unemployment


Socialist Party editorial

Economy - 'Green shoots' are without real roots


Socialist Party news and analysis

Iraq war inquiry

The guns fall silent - but no peace for Tamils

Fight for a Scottish parliament with full powers

Racists in Northern Ireland threaten socialist for defending Romanian community

'Sponsors' deserting academy schools

Another RBS rip-off payout


Unison conference

Unison conference: We needed a council of war - we got a council of doom


Revolution in Iran

Where now for the Iranian revolution?


Socialist Party statement

Reply to SWP open letter: Workers' party must be built


 

Home   |   The Socialist 23 June 2009   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Lindsey Oil Refinery:

triangleSocialist Party member Janet Gibson advertising NSSN conference at a protest of steel construction workers outside a Siemans factory in Lincoln (click for report)

triangleTen years since Lindsey strike: when militant action stopped the 'race to the bottom'

triangleTrade unions: myths of EU 'Remain' campaign

triangleConstruction workers stop work to protest at the undermining of jobs and pay

triangleWorkers' Memorial Day: strike for safety

Refinery:

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

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

triangleFawley refinery strike against 'race to bottom'

triangleLiverpool Socialist Party: Lessons of the 2009 Lindsey Refinery strike

Oil:

triangleOil firms spend $1bn fighting climate laws: 'Green New Deal' needs socialist policies

triangleFilm: Vice - Dick Cheney - a cold and calculating opportunist

triangle40 years since the Iranian revolution: Learning the lessons for today's new working-class struggles

Lindsey:

triangleSpied on by the state and bosses

triangleOil Refinery workers protest

Protest:

triangleLeicester Kashmir protest rejects religious smokescreen

Council:

triangleNorthern Ireland: Campaign mounts over historic sexual abuse allegations cover-up

Construction:

triangleTories ensured Carillion meltdown went unchecked

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

18/9/19

Socialist Party

Donate to help us move our press by October

18/9/19

Ilford

Ilford: strike forces school management to back down

18/9/19

London

PCS members at BEIS maintain just fightback

18/9/19

The Socialist

Selling the Socialist

18/9/19

London

London: packed public meeting discusses political crisis

18/9/19

Worcestershire

Worcestershire campaigners plan march to save Bewdley Fire Station

18/9/19

CWU

Strike back to stop bullying Royal Mail bosses

18/9/19

South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire defeats fire cuts

18/9/19

Nottingham

Nottingham College UCU - more strike action planned

18/9/19

PCS

DVSA strike - employer asks for talks

18/9/19

PCS

PCS general secretary candidate: unions must mobilise to drive out Boris

18/9/19

Climate change

Climate protests: which way forward after 20 September?

18/9/19

Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire health visitors strike boost

17/9/19

Trade union

South Yorkshire FBU celebrates halt to cuts

17/9/19

London

Earth strike day in London

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: info@socialistparty.org.uk

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 0798 202 1969

East Mids: 0773 797 8057

London: 020 8988 8786

North East: 0784 114 4890

North West 07954 376 096

South East: 020 8988 8777

South West: 07759 796 478

Southern: 07833 681910

Wales: 07935 391 947

West Mids: 02476 555 620

Yorkshire: 0114 264 6551

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


September 2019

August 2019

July 2019

June 2019

May 2019

April 2019

March 2019

February 2019

January 2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999