Breakthrough as half of jobs in foreign labour row ‘will go to British workers’

Breakthrough as half of jobs in foreign labour row ‘will go to British workers’

TALKS aimed at resolving the bitter row over foreign workers ended last night with the outline of a possible deal aimed at breaking the deadlock.
The conciliation service Acas chaired yesterday’s meeting between union officials, representatives of Total, which owns he Lincolnshire oil refinery at the centre of the dispute, and the Italian sub-contractor which has hired its own workforce.

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ions claimed that British workers had been excluded from the contract with Irem, which has brought around 200 Italian and Portuguese workers to the UK.

Union sources said the suggested deal involved offering half the jobs in the disputed contract to UK workers.

Acas said in a brief statement last night: “Conclusions are to be discussed with a large group of local trade union officials first thing tomorrow morning. This will be followed by a mass meeting of the workforce.”

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