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Talks on energy jobs amid strikes.

CRUCIAL talks aimed at resolving the bitter row over energy jobs will resume today amid more wildcat strikes across Britain.

Contract workers at an liquefied natural gas refinery and a major power station in Wales are due to take further wildcat strike action in support of sacked workers at Lindsey oil refinery.

Negotiations over the sacking of almost 650 workers at the refinery in North Lincolnshire has been adjourned, with some progress being made.

But sources said a number of "significant barriers" remained before the dispute, involving unions, contractors and the refinery's owners Total, could be resolved.

Unions are demanding the reinstatement of the sacked workers and guarantees of no victimisation of activists involved in sympathy strikes, as well as jobs for 51 employees laid off at Lindsey earlier this month.

Three hundred contract workers at Aberthaw Power Station in the Vale of Glamorgan were not expected to be in work again today, while approximately 230 contract construction workers at the South Hook liquefied natural gas terminal, near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, were also expected to take similar action for the third consecutive day.

The contract workers at both plants work on specific construction or maintenance projects and their action does not impact on the operations at the site because contingency plans are in place to cope with any delays.

Text messages were sent to workers yesterday, urging them to continue taking industrial action.

Up to 4,000 workers at power stations and oil and gas terminals across Britain have been taking unofficial action this week, with many planning to hold meetings tomorrow or on Monday to hear if any progress has been made in the talks.

A spokesman for the South Hook terminal said: "I can confirm that approximately 230 of the contract construction workforce working on the build of phase two at the South Hook terminal near Milford Haven walked off site for the third consecutive day."
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jun 25, 2009
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