26/06/2009

Lindsey Oil Refinery Agreement Reached

A deal to end the bitter oil refinery dispute which saw hundreds of workers walk out across the country, has been agreed, according to unions.

Following long talks with union leaders and employers of contract staff at the Lindsey oil refinery, an agreement was reached - understood to involve the reinstatement of the 647 construction workers.

Unions said the deal will be put to the workers on Monday.

The workers went on strike on 11 June after a sub-contractor cut 51 jobs.

Les Bayliss of Unite said: "Following hours of detailed negotiations we now have proposals for a return to work which will be recommended by stewards to the workforce.

"The employers have agreed to reinstate the sacked workers but the details have to be put to the workforce first."

The GMB union also said workers will be recommended to accept the deal and call off the unofficial strike.

(JM/BMcc)

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