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Refinery companies broke no labour laws

The recent wildcat strike at the Lindsey oil refinery in eastern England has been at the centre of much discussion over the last few weeks. However, reconciliation service ACAS has today come out and confirmed that the companies involved in the refinery did not break any UK or European employment laws by bringing in labour from other EU countries.

While ACAS acknowledged that the employment and labour laws across Europe and in the UK are complex and confusing in some ways, their initial findings indicate that no direct laws have been broken. This is sure to heap more pressure on Gordon Brown who offered little or no support for the strikers, something which did not go unnoticed by backbench Labour MPs. Recent voting trend polls have seen the Labor Party's support collapse down to around 25% with the Tories pulling in over 40% of the popular vote.

The substantial fall in Labour support of late is possibly due to a mixture of MP expense scandals, failing rescue packages and the ongoing decline in the UK economy. While the Liberal Democrat party has emerged as one of the main benefactors of the fall in Labour support there is no doubt that the Conservative party have taken the lead and intend to follow through until the next general election.

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