Tuesday 19 June 2012

Refinery workers plan next steps in fight to save jobs at Coryton

Up to 100 Coryton oil refinery workers and their supporters met this evening (Monday 18 June), to discuss where next in the ongoing campaign to stop the closure of the refinery with the potential loss of 850 jobs. Various contributions from the top table and the floor talked about the greed of the companies involved being the driving force behind the closure. If bosses get away with their plans to force through the closure it will come at the cost of 850 jobs. This could devastate the local community and the economy in the area, but as seen during the recent tanker drivers dispute, the power these group of workers hold is massive.

A small interruption to the meeting happened when it came to light that there were some BNP members in the room. The chair put it to the vote whether they should stay. The meeting voted almost unanimously that fascists have no place being in a union meeting and they were forced to leave.

Contributions from Steve Hedley of the RMT, a Visteon steward from the occupation, and an electrician from the recent BESNA dispute talked about the militant tactics they used to win. The Coryton workers were all in a determined mood to fight and are looking for support from everyone in the coming days to escalate the dispute, interrupt the fuel supplies, and force the government to intervene and save a vital part of the national infrastructure.

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