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30 January, 2009 - Published 14:44 GMT
UK refinery strike
A protest by British oil refinery workers about jobs lost to Italian and Portuguese rivals has spread to involve sections of the workforce at four other big industrial complexes. Strikers say foreigners are taking much needed British jobs. Here is Mike Sanders of our Europe desk:
Workers at Britain's third largest oil refinery, Lindsey in Lincolnshire in northern England, are picketing the plant for the third day running. Supporters have arrived from elsewhere and the protest has spread to steel plants on Teeside further north, the Grangemouth refinery in Scotland and a power station in Wales.
The Lindsey refinery's owner, the French firm Total, says its decision to hire an Italian firm to build a multi-million-dollar extension won't entail redundancies for British workers.
Italians to be housed on barges nearby may have to run the gauntlet of pickets.
Mike Sanders, BBC
for the third day running
to run the gauntlet
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