Total and unions reach deal on oil refinery wildcats
Early reports indicate a deal to end the bitter jobs dispute at the Total-run Lindsey oil refinery, which has led to unofficial walkouts by thousands of workers across the country.
The agreement follows talks between union leaders and employers of contract staff at the North Lincolnshire site. Unions said the deal involved the reinstatement of 647 workers sacked for taking unofficial strike action and would be put to the workers on Monday.
Total said it was pleased that “a positive conclusion” had been reached. In a statement on Friday, a spokesman for the company said:
“Total is pleased that the contract companies and the unions were able to reach a positive conclusion at talks last night.
“We expect this means that the contractors will be able to get back to work as soon as possible and get the project completed on time and with no further disruption or additional costs.”
The Lindsey workers went on strike on 11 June after a sub-contractor cut 51 jobs. It is thought those people will also be offered the chance to return to work.
The dispute sparked wildcat sympathy walkouts involving thousands of workers at power stations and oil and gas facilities across the country.