Sacked contractors protesting outside the Lindsey oil refinery site in Lincolnshire have been joined by dozens of workers from a neighbouring plant.
Local media reports claim a mass meeting was held in the car park of the Humber Refinery this morning where contract staff held a vote and then walked off site in support of the 200 to 300 Lindsey demonstrators.
The dispute showed signs of becoming increasingly bitter this morning as the sacked workers burnt their dismissal letters outside the gates of the plant.
They have been given until 5pm today to reapply for their positions.
Unite assistant general secretary Les Bayliss claimed Total, the site owner, had refused to meet with unions last week despite sympathy wildcat protests spreading across the country.
He said “It’s time for Total to get serious about seeking a resolution to the problems at Lindsey. Their behaviour so far has only served to heighten the unofficial dispute.”
“The country is at the height of a recession, there is a great deal of uncertainty in the construction industry. Instead of showing sensitivity and good management, employers are treating construction workers as disposable commodities.”