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WFTU in solidarity with workers in U.S. oil refineries

By staff |
February 3, 2015
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Fight Back News Service is circulating the following Feb. 3 statement from the Secretariat of the World Federation of Trade Unions.

The World Federation of Trade Unions representing 90 million workers in 126 countries across the worlds expresses its internationalist solidarity to the workers in U.S. refineries who are on strike struggling for better salary, safety at work and improved collective agreement.

In their first wide-scale strike since 1980, workers have stopped work in many refineries since Monday, February 2nd 2015 as per the call of the United Steelworkers Union on the basis that negotiations between U.S. refiners and union have failed to reach an agreement by Sunday.

The deal would form the baseline for additional talks between companies and local unions, and cover 30,000 workers at 230 refineries, oil terminals, pipelines, and petrochemical plants.

USW represents workers at 65 fuel-making plants around the U.S. which it says account for nearly two-thirds of the country’s refining capacity.

According to USW the plants where workers will strike include: LyondellBasell Industries’ plant in Houston, Texas; Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s complex in Deer Park, Texas; Marathon Petroleum Corp.’s sites in Galveston, Texas City and Catlettsburg, KY; and three Tesoro facilities in Washington and southern California.

The World Federation of Trade Unions joins its voice with the struggle of the workers in the oil refineries in all parts of production despite of working relation status and calls the Employers and Management to accept their fair demands.

The WFTU reaffirms its commitment for the unity of the workers struggle organized or unorganized for the end of contractualization, for better working conditions, health-care and better salaries for all as well as safety at work-place.