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6 May 2009

National Shop Stewards Network national conference

Saturday 27 June. Keynote speakers from workers in struggle including Lindsey Oil Refinery construction workers' dispute, car workers, London Underground, local government, and more...

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29 April 2009

Olympics: Defend jobs, pay and conditions

Olympics site demo 6 May: The London and South East construction branch of Unite have organised a protest at the Olympic construction site in east London on 6 May, writes Keith Gibson, Lindsey Oil Refinary site.

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Public meeting on lessons of the Lindsey oil refinery strike with Keith Gibson (speaking) and Jerry Hicks, photo Paul Mattsson

Public meeting on lessons of the Lindsey oil refinery strike with Keith Gibson (speaking) and Jerry Hicks, photo Paul Mattsson

15 April 2009

Deceptive denigration of Lindsey strike

The strike by the Lindsey oil refinery construction workers at the end of January and beginning of February was an inspirational struggle against the 'race to the bottom'...

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31 March 2009

Construction workers' protests continue

On 24 March, a protest took place outside the Grain power station in Kent against the driving down of construction workers' wages, writes Jacqui Berry, president Medway Trades Union Council.

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19 March 2009

Isle of Grain - Low-paying contractor exposed

The Unite union has been handed a job contract by a Polish worker at the Isle of Grain construction site, showing an hourly wage rate 30% less than the nationally agreed rate...

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11 March 2009

Construction workers' dispute: National action needed

Construction workers are organising weekly protests at Staythorpe power station near Newark. They are protesting against Alstom's exclusion of UK labour from jobs on the site, writes Alistair Tice.

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After a mass picket at Staythorpe power station contruction workers marched into Newark town centre

After a mass picket at Staythorpe power station contruction workers marched into Newark town centre

4 March 2009

Construction workers plan more action

After another mass picket outside Staythorpe power station on 24 February to protest against the exclusion by Alstom of UK labour from jobs on the site, 3-400 construction workers marched into nearby Newark town centre demanding "What do we want, writes Alistair Tice.

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4 March 2009

Message from strike leader

Keith Gibson, a Socialist Party member and a member of the Lindsey oil refinery strike committee was unable to attend the meeting on 28 February. But he distributed the following statement:...

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Staythorpe power station construction workers protest outside Newark Jobcentre, photo Steve Score

Staythorpe power station construction workers protest outside Newark Jobcentre, photo Steve Score

24 February 2009

Jobs protest continues

On Wednesday 18 February hundreds of construction workers picketed again outside Staythorpe power station, near Newark, to protest against the exclusion by Alstom of UK labour from jobs on the site, writes Keith Gibson, GMB Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) and Alistair Tice.

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18 February 2009

Construction workers protest: Staythorpe power station

Power station workers joined hundreds of protesters in an early morning walkout on 11 February, writes Steve Score, East Midlands Socialist Party.

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17 February 2009

London Olympics battered by economic crisis

Nothing is being left untouched by the world economic crisis, including the biggest sporting event in the world, writes Chris Newby.

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11 February 2009

Lindsey oil refinery strike: Workers score important victory

Socialist Party industrial organiser Bill Mullins writes on the deal done between the Lindsey oil refinery strike committee and the Total oil company, the refinery owners...

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11 February 2009

Construction workers' battle to defend jobs and conditions

Fiddlers Ferry: Andy Ford, Liverpool Socialist Party, spoke to a number of workers at the Fiddlers Ferry power station construction site on 3 February...

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6 February 2009

Lindsey oil refinery strike deal

Bill Mullins writes on the deal...

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Lindsey refinery: workers show their strength, photo Keith Gibson

Lindsey refinery: workers show their strength, photo Keith Gibson

4 February 2009

Lindsey refinery: workers show their strength

Strikes repel attacks on jobs and conditions
Shades of the miners' strike - mass protests, car park meetings, loud hailers that don't work.

Not so much flying pickets as flying texts and emails leading to spontaneous unofficial walkouts and 'illegal' strike action.
The anti-trade union laws have been brushed aside without a thought.

Alastair Tice, Yorkshire Socialist Party, reports on this important strike of oil refinery contruction workers.

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4 February 2009

Firm strike leadership gains results

Editorial: The strikes by construction engineering workers on oil refineries and power stations - that have swept across 22 sites in the UK - is one of the most significant strike waves in recent times...

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4 February 2009

Organising real trade unionism

History of the oil refinery action: A ninety day redundancy notice was issued around mid November 2008 at Lindsey Oil Refinery (LOR) to the workers employed by Shaw, writes Keith Gibson, GMB, personal capacity, elected onto the unofficial LOR strike committee..

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4 February 2009

Staythorpe power station: "It's all about money"

Staythorpe power station: "It's all about money": Construction workers at Staythorpe power station, near Newark, Nottinghamshire walked out on strike on 2 February, writes Steve Score.

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