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Tanker drivers to strike for three days at Scottish refinery in Grangemouth

02.20.2013  | 

The strike, which will affect delivery of aviation and motor fuel from the 210,000 bpd refinery, is being taken in order to defend pension rights ahead of a transfer of their employment contracts from BP to DHL. BP said in a statement that its priority remains the safe delivery of fuel products.

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By BEN WINKLEY

LONDON -- Tanker drivers at Scotland's only oil refinery, Grangemouth, will begin three days of strike action Friday, according to the Unite labor union.

The strike, which will affect delivery of aviation and motor fuel from the 210,000 bpd refinery, is being taken in order to defend pension rights ahead of a transfer of their employment contracts from BP to DHL, Unite said.

Strike action will begin at 0400 GMT on Feb. 22 and continue until 0800 GMT on Monday Feb. 25, when a continuous ban on overtime will begin.

BP said in a statement that its priority remains the safe delivery of fuel products.

"We have been working to and continue to work to minimize any potential disruption that the industrial action...could cause," BP said.

Grangemouth, situated on the Forth River on the east coast of Scotland, is owned by Ineos. An Ineos spokesman wasn't immediately available for comment.


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Silvia
03.13.2013

It's tough to gauge what's going on in Egypt but regardless of the dioectirn it's heading, it's all to obvious the US/UK dirt is under the toenails somewhere.Mubarak was a plant for the US/UK/Israel for the longest time. They now have different plans for Egypt and that part of the world so it's time for Mubarak to go. This is the Shah of Iran's theatrics all over again 30 years later. I suspect the Middle Eastern countries want to give the US/UK the finger (and rightly so) by dropping petrodollars. They want to move to Euros .as are the Chinese.Iraq and Saddam Hussein did that and the entire country AND culture of Iraq has now been destroyed so as to continue feeding out pathetic consumption habits. So sad.Iran has been wanting to switch to petrodollars for a while and Iraq's invasion served a secondary purpose as far as deterring such a move by Iran. A switch to Euros from petrodollars would bring the house of cards called the US down faster than an episode of 2 and Half Men.Mubarak has been around long enough to know when to leave. He's staying just long enough to make a bit of a chaos so the transition to another puppet regime bears some resemblance of a genuine replacement.This entire Middle East fiasco has been a manipulated affair. But it's tough to know which side the US/UK are playing on. My gut tells me that the fact that they are TELLING Mubarak to leave is an indication that they want a new regime in power that kisses their asses for another 50 years.When you think about it, it's amazing isn't it .the US IS TELLING another country what they can and cannot do yet they go around the world preaching their bullshit about democracy and freedom.And we wonder why people have no respect for us.

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