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    Has the lion got his voice back ?

    Strikes over use of foreign workers

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    A bitter dispute over the use of foreign workers on a multimillion-pound construction project spread to several other sites when police were called to a series of wildcat strikes.
    A decision to bring in hundreds of Italian and Portuguese contractors to work on a new 200 million plant at the giant Lindsey Oil Refinery at North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, led to protests in support of jobs for British workers.

    Several hundred demonstrators gathered for a third day outside the plant following a walk-out by contractors on Wednesday, but the unofficial action spread to other parts of the UK, including Scotland and Wales.

    Hundreds of workers at the giant Grangemouth oil refinery in Scotland walked out following an early morning meeting. The mechanical contractors, who work for BP and INEOS, said they were supporting their colleagues in Lincolnshire.

    Bobby Buirds, a regional officer for the union Unite in Scotland, said the workers at Grangemouth were striking to protect British jobs.

    "The argument is not against foreign workers, it's against foreign companies discriminating against British labour. If the job of these mechanical contractors at INEOS finishes and they try and get jobs down south, the jobs are already occupied by foreign labour and their opportunities are decreasing. This is a fight for work. It is a fight for the right to work in our own country. It is not a racist argument at all."

    Unions will hold another meeting of Scottish shop stewards in Glasgow, and a further meeting on Monday, he said.

    Police were called to the Aberthaw power station near Barry in South Wales after workers staged a protest. Workers employed by a sub-contractor at the Fiddlers Ferry power station near Warrington also went on strike. Scottish and Southern Energy, which owns the site, said the action had not affected its operations.

    Around 400 workers staged a demonstration at the Wilton refinery in Teesside. Cleveland Police said the workers were picketing the site near Redcar, adding: "The protest started at around 6.30am with 400 workers taking part. They are picketing four gates around the refinery. The protest is peaceful and officers are monitoring the situation."

    The refinery dispute erupted after Total put the Lincolnshire contract to build the new unit, which will allow the refinery to process crude oil with a higher sulphur content, out to tender. Five UK firms and two European contractors tendered for the work and it was awarded to the Italian company Irem on the basis that it was supplying its own permanent workforce.


    Isnt there something akin to this , happening in the USA ?


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    Seems like this dispute is spreading and the govt is starting to take notice.


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    Can't blame em strikers one bit...

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    was awarded to the Italian company Irem on the basis that it was supplying its own permanent workforce.
    Looks like UK union workers are as overpaid and unreliable as the ones in the US.

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    was awarded to the Italian company Irem on the basis that it was supplying its own permanent workforce.
    What exactly does this mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    What exactly does this mean?
    the company brought in workers from Italy (and I think a few from Greece), which is legal in the eu, instead of using local workforce, which would have been more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tarek Morgen View Post
    the company brought in workers from Italy (and I think a few from Greece), which is legal in the eu, instead of using local workforce, which would have been more expensive.
    Thats correct T/M , however Gordon Brown in his wisdom , qouted , that it would be British jobs for British people , no wonder people are pissed off about it , granted Brits work abroad , but this is not the same scenario , the comp as as you say bring in their own workforce after winning the contract , nothing illegal in that ,,,,,, BUT the home grown boys are not happy bunnies ???

    Have a look at this ,, Hey F/F get out the cutlery , we,re coming to dinner ,Hope you taste good .

    Press ass .

    Record numbers of Britons are emigrating down under to Australia, new research has revealed.

    This winter's freezing temperatures combined with the gloomy economic outlook have prompted a huge rise in the numbers of Brits jumping ship to the Antipodes.

    A new survey reveals that tropical Queensland was top destination in Australia last year.

    The Move Monitor survey, conducted on behalf of home and business moving company Pickfords revealed a 31% increase in the number of individuals and families who moved from the UK to Australia in 2008, compared with 2007.

    The survey tracked the relocation trends of over 7000 British people who moved overseas last year.

    Queensland, with its picturesque coastline, was the number one relocation destination in Australia, although the survey also noted a 44% increase in the number of people moving to Adelaide and a 42% increase in moves to Melbourne.

    Pickfords' managing director Kevin Pickford moved to Australia himself in 1982 and then returned to England in 2005.

    He said: "I fully understand the draw of Australia, its attractions and benefits.

    "I'm sure the quality of life, sunnier climate and diverse job opportunities play a big part in people's relocation decision."




    Mustnt know about the heatwave then
    ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    What exactly does this mean?
    Brown condemns wildcat strikes

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    Gordon Brown condemned wildcat strikes as indefensible amid frantic efforts to prevent the row over the use of foreign labour escalating into mass industrial action

    The Prime Minister said he recognised people were "worried" about jobs being taken by workers from other countries, but stressed that the UK was part of a "single European market".

    He also sought to explain his pledge of "British jobs for British workers", insisting he had only meant people would be given the skills to compete against other nationalities.

    The comments, in an interview with the BBC's Politics Show, came as efforts continued to stop tensions spiralling out of control.

    Officials from government departments, unions, employers and the mediation service Acas have been in frantic discussions following a series of wildcat strikes that erupted across the country on Friday.

    The protests were prompted by a decision to bring in hundreds of Italian and Portuguese contractors to work on a new 200 million plant at the giant Lindsey Oil Refinery at North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire. Unions claim Britons were not given any opportunity to apply for the posts.

    In his interview the Prime Minister was asked what his message would be to those thinking of staging sympathy strikes on Monday.

    "That that's not the right thing to do and it's not defensible," he replied. "What we've set up as a process to deal with the questions that people have been asking about what has happened in this particular instance."

    He went on: "When I talked about British jobs, I was taking about giving people in Britain the skills, so that they have the ability to get jobs which were at present going to people from abroad and actually encouraging people to take up the courses and the education and learning that is necessary for British workers to be far more skilled for the future."

    However, the Government's stance was given short shrift by the unions. Paul Kenny, general secretary of the GMB, said: "No company should be able to discriminate against anyone on the grounds of where they were born. You simply cannot say that only Italians can apply for jobs as has happened in this case. No-one is saying that different countries cannot bid for different contracts. What is happening here would be illegal under UK domestic law.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tankie View Post
    Record numbers of Britons are emigrating down under to Australia, new research has revealed.

    This winter's freezing temperatures combined with the gloomy economic outlook have prompted a huge rise in the numbers of Brits jumping ship to the Antipodes.

    A new survey reveals that tropical Queensland was top destination in Australia last year.

    The Move Monitor survey, conducted on behalf of home and business moving company Pickfords revealed a 31% increase in the number of individuals and families who moved from the UK to Australia in 2008, compared with 2007.

    The survey tracked the relocation trends of over 7000 British people who moved overseas last year.

    Queensland, with its picturesque coastline, was the number one relocation destination in Australia, although the survey also noted a 44% increase in the number of people moving to Adelaide and a 42% increase in moves to Melbourne.

    Pickfords' managing director Kevin Pickford moved to Australia himself in 1982 and then returned to England in 2005.

    He said: "I fully understand the draw of Australia, its attractions and benefits.

    "I'm sure the quality of life, sunnier climate and diverse job opportunities play a big part in people's relocation decision."




    Mustnt know about the heatwave then
    ?

    Haven't we taken enough boatloads of you poms in the last 220 years ?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chakos View Post
    Haven't we taken enough boatloads of you poms in the last 220 years ?!?
    Yea , and look how good you chainshakers turned out to be ,,, cept the cannibals


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    Looks like the walkout has gone nationwide now , G Brown is flusterred , stating the EU rules and regulations , seems like the UK workforce dont give a flying @@@@ for their rules does it .


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