Jaw jaw not war war

The Lindsey oil refinery dispute looks like it is descending into farce.

I’m sure that Total, the owners of the site, are exasperated by some of the wild cat strikes that have taken place in the last six months – they’re not on. Yet the idea that Total can resolve the matter by refusing to talk to the entirely reasonable General Secretary of the GMB union, Paul Kenny, is ridiculous. And to sack workers – a lock out – will simply escalate the dispute to a scale that I suspect Total have not anticipated.

Partnership is always better than industrial strife. And one thing is for certain. If Total and their contractors, Jacobs, refuse to talk, they’re in for a long and protracted dispute where no-one will win.

They should pick up the phone to ACAS today.

3 comments ↓

#1 Mo on 06.19.09 at 1:02 pm

I wonder if the current strikes were jollied on by members of the BNP in the same way that the earlier wildcat strikes were.

After all, it still centres around (if my understanding is correct) the whole ‘British jobs’ moan.

#2 Robert on 06.19.09 at 2:33 pm

Believe me I worked for them, they are use to doing this, it never works and they end up with a work force who are unhappy, they seem to enjoy this for some reason.

#3 RobT on 06.20.09 at 4:57 pm

Why does the workforce feel the need to use wildcat strikes? Is it as a last resort because the odds are so weighted against them if they attempt ‘legal’ process?

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