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Nustar workers to resume industrial action

NuStar workers to resume industrial action

21 September 2017

NuStar fuel terminal workers based in Clydebank are set to take further days of industrial action as no progress has been made in discussions between the union and company management.  

Unite members will take part in 48 hours industrial action on Monday (25 September) and Tuesday (26 September), and a continuous overtime ban remains in place following a dispute over working terms and arrangements.

NuStar has until now refused to engaged in any discussions to resolve the dispute but have belatedly agreed to use the conciliation services offered by ACAS. This is despite West Dunbartonshire MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes, and a unanimous motion backed by West Dunbartonshire Council, urging NuStar management to urgently address claims of imposition and intimidation. 

The workers have also been placed under formal investigation, which Unite believes is directly related to the trade union activities of the workers following legal advice and in clear breach of the Trade Union Act 2016. A first meeting has been arranged at ACAS for Thursday 28th September.

Unite regional officer Stephen Deans said: “The intransigence by NuStar management beggars belief. Everyone including the Council and local MP, have publicly said that the treatment of the workforce is unacceptable and must be resolved. I know our members greatly appreciate this support and the solidarity they have received from the wider community.”

“Unite’s position all along has been to resolve this matter through meaningful discussions. Yet, we are nine months down the line and the company has not moved one inch. NuStar has a choice; it can address our members’ legitimate concerns or face ongoing industrial action by the workers and significant damage to its reputation as an employer.”

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For further information or comment contact Unite regional officer Stephen Deans on 07808 331140

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