Today saw two contrasting responses to the worldwide economic crisis: in Paris and Marseille the unions gave the lead and the anger was directed against the government and capitalism more generally…
…whereas in England and Scotland, with no leadership from the unions or the UK left, workers have turned upon their own class in an incoherent outburst against “foreign labour” that will gladden the hearts of the BNP…
The yellow line: Scores of police monitoring the demonstration yesterday outside the refinery. Unions say the protest was joined by supporters from across the country
Police were out in force at the Lindsey Oil Refinery at North Killingholme, North Lincolnshire, which was picketed by angry staff. Another mass protest is expected today.
The foreign workers, who are being housed in barges at Grimsby docks, have been hired to build a plant producing low-sulphur diesel.
The tender for the project was won by Italian firm IREM, which angered locals by bringing in the Europeans.
Union officials say they have been hired as a ‘cheaper option’ and reject claims that they are ‘specialists’.
Under EU law the foreign workers are entitled to work and live here.
The protest began with a mass walkout on Wednesday. But the French-owned Total refinery insisted it managed to operate normally (Daily Mail)