Lindsey oil refinery workers walk out in redundancies row

New conflict at Lincolnshire plant hit by series of strikes earlier this year over use of foreign labour

Lindsey oil refinery protest

Police deal with the January 2009 protest at the Lindsey oil refinery Photograph: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

The Lindsey oil refinery has been hit by fresh industrial action with hundreds of workers staging a walkout.

Employees at the north Lincolnshire depot downed tools this morning after being told that a number of staff, thought to be 50, were being made redundant.

Lindsey, which is owned by French energy giant Total, was hit by a series of strikes earlier this year over the use of foreign labour.

A Total spokeswoman said that the walkout started last night, and continued today, after staff were told the results of a consultation on redundancies.

"A number of construction workers have walked out, but it's not the whole workforce," she said.

There were already fears that the dispute over the use of foreign workers would flare up following a breakdown of talks between unions and the Engineering Construction Industry Association.

The GMB union said "local discussions" were under way to try to resolve the dispute.

"We understand that there seems to be a dispute about compulsory redundancies on the site while other workers are being recruited into similar type jobs," said Paul Kenny, the GMB general secretary.

"There are concerns that these workers may be being victimised for earlier industrial action and that these redundancies are in breach of the agreement that brought industrial peace to the site some months ago."

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Lindsey oil refinery workers walk out in redundancies row

This article was first published on at 12.38 BST on Thursday 11 June 2009. It was last updated at 12.38 BST on Thursday 11 June 2009.

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