15 July 2012
Workers at Coryton oil refinery, Essex, are stepping up their campaign against plans to close down the refinery and axe 800 jobs.
A consortium including oil giant Shell, container firm Vopak and fuel distributor Greenergy wants to turn the site into an oil import terminal with a much smaller workforce.
Coryton workers in the Unite union and their supporters, including East of England MEP Richard Howitt, packed a public meeting on Wednesday to demand a government bailout to save their jobs and a public inquiry.
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They also announced plans to protest outside the Vopak oil terminal in Purfleet, Essex, on Friday 20 July and Saturday 21 July.
Unite rep Russ Ball said:
We are going to jam up the fuel system, we’re going to mount a campaign of direct action.
This time the protest will be treated as a picket line, so other union members will not cross it. We’re fighting for our community, for the jobs of our members. We can’t let it go without a fight.
The Coryton workers say they have not ruled out attempting to block Greenergy’s fuel supplies to London buses during the Olympics.