Labour Research August 2016


Fawley strike 

Workers at the Fawley oil refinery went on strike last month in protest at foreign workers being exploited and paid half that of UK workers at the Southampton site.

About 20 specialist workers, employed by Italian company Nico Industrial Services Ltd, had already completed a one-day strike with another one planned as Labour Research went to press. According to general union Unite, the Nico workers, mainly Bulgarians and Italians, are being paid about £48 for a 10-hour day. Meanwhile, the 270 other workers on the site, employed by other contractors, are on about £125 a day. 

Unite regional officer Malcolm Bonnett said: “This is a dispute about basic fairness in the workplace.”