Lindsey strikes 2009

2009: The strike at Lindsey refinery: a struggle entangled in nationalism

Mouvement Communiste's detailed account and analysis of the oil industry construction workers' wildcat strikes of 2009.

Lindsey: Total’s counter-attack ends in defeat - Mouvement Communiste

picture of Lindsey OIl Refinery

The second part of Mouvement Communiste's analysis of the Lindsey engineering construction strikes of 2009. It is concerned with events following Total's attempt to victimise workers involved in the first wave of strikes, which resulted in more strikes! Also further develops the analysis of the specificities of the role of shop stewards in the UK.

Engineering construction strikes: days of defiance

It’s the dispute that just won’t go away. For the third time this year, thousands of engineering construction workers have gone on unofficial strike, fighting for the right to work. This time round the dispute escalated dramatically unlike before, with the mass sacking of some 647 strike workers by the two of contractors working for Total, the Lindsey refinery operator.

Striking oil workers burn dismissal letters

In a show of defiance, fired workers burn dismissal letters and continue their wildcat stoppage. Includes a timeline of events.

Oil refinery sackings spark further walkouts

Hundreds of workers across England and Wales have walked out in support of nearly 650 construction contractors sacked from the Lindsey Oil Refinery.

Oil refinery wildcat enters third day

Strikers and police at Lindsey earlier in the year.

Strikes at the Lindsey oil refinery in North Lincolshire entered their third day today as talks between business leaders and employees broke down.

Over 1,000 workers in unofficial strike at Lindsey Oil Refinery

French oil company Total said on Friday that 1,200 contractors have walked out on unofficial strike over planned redundancies at its British Lindsey refinery.

Hundreds of Polish workers join wildcat strikes

600 workers, including hundreds of Polish workers, have walked out from Langage Power Station near Plymouth in solidarity with the wildcat actions sweeping across Britain.

Energy wildcats continue to spread across the UK

Police stand by as workers protest

The wave of wildcat strike action that has swept across the UK escalated today as hundreds more workers walked out in the protest at the exclusion of British workers from jobs.

‘British jobs for British workers’?

Construction workers’ anger against the employment of foreign labourers has boiled over. The revolt that started on Wednesday this week in Lincolnshire at the Lindsey oil refinery, then spread north to other parts of Humber and Tees, and has now reach Scotland and Wales. Around 3,000 workers have walked out on unofficial strike and they have been joined by several thousand other unemployed construction workers in protests at various construction sites.