29 June: the BBC reports - "Construction workers at the Lindsey oil refinery have voted to accept a deal that will see them return to work after weeks of strike action.
"The deal is said to involve the reinstatement of 647 workers sacked for taking unofficial industrial action.
Unions now say they have secured other jobs for the 51 workers [who were told early in June that they would be laid off] as well as reinstating 647 employees at the site who were on strike.
19 June: Construction contractors at the Lindsey Oil Refinery site in Lincolnshire have responded to strike action over jobs by sacking the entire workforce and shutting down the construction project.
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- Solidarity swells Lindsey pickets (23 June)
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- Report from Ratcliffe-on-Soar
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According to BBC News, "Total [the refinery owner] said any contract staff who wanted to return to the site could reapply for positions until Monday [22nd].
"The construction project will remain closed in the meantime."
BBC News quotes Total as saying: "Total can confirm, with regret, that our contractors have now started the process of ending the current employment contracts for their workforce on the HDS-3 construction project."
This is straightforward union-busting, on the model of the Gate Gourmet dispute in 2005. Walk-outs at many other construction sites had already taken place in support of the Lindsey action, and will now escalate.
Unfortunately, union leaders have responded feebly. Unite officials said: "We are urging all parties to get back around the negotiating table to resolve this situation." GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: "I'm appealing to Total to actually come to the table and help the unions resolve it."
The recent strike action at Lindsey was over the sacking of 51 workers, which they saw as victimisation for their part in previous strikes in January-February over the displacement of workers already on site in favour of "posted" workers not covered by the national union agreement for the engineering construction industry and brought in from a non-union Italian subcontractor.