Polish nationals were among the six hundred workers at Langage power station walked out on Monday, reports the Plymouth Herald:
Jerry Pickford, South West regional officer for UNITE, said the workers had walked out in “general sympathy with what’s happening in the construction industry”. He said Polish workers were among the 600-strong group.
Mr Pickford said: “All the Polish workers have walked out as well, because this is not an issue against foreign workers.
“This is an issue against foreign employers using foreign workers to stop British workers getting jobs.
“Once they do that they will try and undermine the terms and conditions of employment in this country.” [My emphasis]
Here are the demands of the Lindsay Oil Refinery contract workers as were agreed on February 2, and prove that the dispute is for fair access, not the exclusion of migrant workers:
* No victimisation of workers taking solidarity action.
* All workers in UK to be covered by NAECI Agreement.
* Union controlled registering of unemployed and locally skilled union members, with nominating rights as work becomes available.
* Government and employer investment in proper training/apprenticeships for new generation of construction workers – fight for a future for young people.
* All Immigrant labour to be unionised.
* Trade Union assistance for immigrant workers – including interpreters – and access to Trade Union advice – to promote active integrated Trade Union Members.
* Build links with construction trade unions on the continent.
* Re-instatement of [victimised worker] John McKewan