Have we the stirrings of a revolution?
“Strikes have been breaking out across the UK in support of a mass walkout by energy workers in Lincolnshire angry at the use of foreign workers. Hundreds gathered for the third day of the original strike at Lindsey Oil Refinery after owner Total gave a £200m contract to an Italian firm. They have been supported by hundreds of other “sympathy” strikers in Scotland, Wales and other parts of England.”
“Bobby Buirds, a regional officer for the union Unite in Scotland, today said the workers at Grangemouth were striking to protect British jobs.
‘The argument is not against foreign workers, it’s against foreign companies discriminating against British labour.
‘If the job of these mechanical contractors at INEOS finishes and they try and get jobs down south, the jobs are already occupied by foreign labour and their opportunities are decreasing.
‘This is a fight for work. It is a fight for the right to work in our own country. It is not a racist argument at all.’
Unions will hold another meeting of Scottish shop stewards in Glasgow this afternoon, and a further meeting on Monday, he said.”
Mmm, where will this one go? Many many UK companies are foreign owned and have legal access to an EU wide workforce so the Gordon Brown line about “British jobs for British people” was a lie, as I recall pointing out at the time. However as more and more Brits lose their jobs, and foreign nationals replace them, who is t say what will happen?