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Sacked workers continue protest

It has been confirmed this morning that 600 workers at the Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire have lost their jobs, which is less than the 900 apparently confirmed yesterday. However, what began as a dispute over 51 workers sacked via a UK based contractor now threatens to blow-up into a nationwide dispute and a battle of wits between the unions and the UK government. Despite the fact that the initial wildcat strike was deemed "illegal" by employer Total it has grown in strength and support across the country.

However, there is potentially an olive branch being held out to these 600 workers who have lost their jobs allowing them to reapply for their positions by close of play on Monday. If they decide to go back to work and give up their protest we should see a fairly sudden end to the unofficial industrial action but nobody quite knows exactly what will happen. The unions have been fairly quiet over the last few days, deep in discussions with employers and employees trying to resolve the situation in an amicable manner - although unfortunately they have been unsuccessful as yet.

This dispute has the potential to cause serious unrest around the UK with the subject of foreign workers set to hit headlines yet again.

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