Lindsey oil refinery contractors encouraged to talk to unions over sacking of 647 construction workers

The owner of the Lindsey oil refinery says it wants unions and contractors to discuss the sacking of workers building the facility.

Owner Total said it was “actively encouraging” talks between contractors and the trade unions following strike action that has seen the refinery project delayed by six months.

Over 600 workers were dismissed from the refinery project last week after staging wildcat strikes, and 3,000 workers have since downed tools in sympathy on eight other UK sites including Sellafield in Cumbria and Ensus in Teeside.

Lindsey strikers
Lindsey workers on strike earlier this year

The Lindsey workers went on unofficial strike on 11 June after a subcontractor laid off 51 people while another was hiring staff. Industrial action on the Lindsey site has already delayed the project by six months and cost Total as much as €100m.

Total said that discussions between unions and the contracting companies "should focus on getting the project back up and running within the agreed timeframe and budget. There is no question of a reduction in pay or dilution of existing terms and conditions."