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Walkouts over sacked oil workers

Workers burning dismissal letters
Workers in Lincolnshire have burned their dismissal letters

Hundreds of workers on Teesside and in Cumbria are expected to continue action in support of sacked strikers at an oil refinery in Lincolnshire.

On Friday, 650 workers at the Lindsey oil refinery were sacked by Total for taking unofficial strike action.

The 1,100 staff at Ensus, Wilton, first walked out on Friday and are expected to repeat the action along with about 900 Sellafield contract workers.

Ensus said it was disappointed at the unofficial action.

'Poor message'

In a statement Ensus said: "We are disappointed and dismayed that the constructors working on our site have once again decided to take unofficial strike action in support of a dispute that has absolutely nothing to do with our site.

"Such action does the strikers and this business no favours at all. This is a project about sustaining jobs on Teesside and creating and sustaining permanent long-term jobs for the future in this area.

They feel that strongly about the fact that these lads have been sacked and also the contempt we were treated with on Friday
Jimmy Skivington, GMB

"Anything which delays construction - even for one day - adds to the cost of the project and sends a very poor message to investors and one that could jeopardise future investment plans."

Jimmy Skivington, from the GMB union, said the action by construction staff showed the strength of feeling about the situation.

He said: "I don't think for one minute that the lads in there want to lose money or to take unofficial action.

"They feel that strongly about the fact that these lads have been sacked and also the contempt we were treated with on Friday."

None of the strikers at Sellafield are staff, but work on various construction projects at the site. They are due to return to the site on Wednesday.

In a statement, Sellafield Ltd said: "The Sellafield site remains open and operational. Safety is paramount at all times at Sellafield and we are confident that the action will have no impact on safety, security or nuclear production.



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