Despite having worked throughout the pandemic, at a risk to themselves and their families, six of the 28 drivers employed by Hoyer Petrolog UK, based at the oil refinery in Stanlow, near Ellesmere Port, are to be sacked by the company.
Hoyer Petrolog has been bringing in agency workers in preparation for sacking tanker drivers, and despite attempts by Unite the Union to negotiate a solution, the company is refusing to budge. A 96 percent vote in favour of strike action means that there will now be industrial action throughout November.
Members of the public, key workers, and the working class generally should support the tanker drivers, regardless of the inconvenience that will result across the region. All capitalist companies, encouraged by the government, are looking to use the pandemic to attack workers’ jobs.
According to Unite, the strikes will cause considerable disruption to fuel supplies for road users and the aviation sector in northern England.
Customers of Hoyer that are set to be affected include: Shell, Esso, BP, Essar, World Fuel Services (WFS), Motor Fuel Group (MFG), Rontec, Euro Garages, Greenenergy and Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
Workers must stand together to protect jobs, pay and conditions. Unite has announced a total of 14 days of strike action on the following dates in November: 2, 4, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 23, 25, 27. The strikes will begin at 12.01am and end at 23.59pm.
Defend jobs; support the strikers; don’t blame covid!