British workers have voted to end a week-long wildcat strike in protest over the use of foreign labour at the French-owned Lindsey Oil Refinery.
The shop floor accepted a union-backed deal that 102 jobs at the site would go to skilled British workers. None of the Portuguese or Italian contractors will lose their jobs. The dispute over the use of overseas labour at the expense of British workers at a time of surging unemployment has sparked sympathy strikes at power stations and construction sites across Britain. The focus of protesters now switches to the Staythorpe power station in Nottingham, where workers have downed tools in protest over French multi-national Alstom’s plans to ship in 800 foreign workers to complete a construction project.