Power workers snub pay deal

Power workers and oil refinery staff across the UK yesterday rejected an offer on pay and conditions aimed at ending a long-standing row. Up to 30,000 workers at sites including BP FPS Grangemouth, Sellafield in Cumbria and Shell UK Stanlow say they want employers to stop undercutting agreed rates and employing cheaper foreign labour. The dispute started at the Lindsey oil terminal in Lincolnshire earlier in the year, but spread to walkouts at other sites. The GMB union has asked for more talks with employers’ group, the Engineering Construction Industry Association.