Unite, Britain’s biggest union, called on the UK government to support Welsh industry and secure petrol supplies by helping to save Pembrokeshire’s Milford Haven refinery.
The call comes as Murphy Oil announced it was entering into consultation with unions and staff on the future of the Murco plant in Milford Haven after a deal to sell the oil refinery to private equity fund Greybull fell through today (Wednesday 3 April), putting 400 jobs at risk.
Unite Welsh secretary Andy Richards, said: “Jobs, the economy and the UK’s security of supply are all at stake. The UK government cannot repeat the mistake of Coryton and allow another of the UK’s oil refineries to close. It needs to do everything possible to maintain refining capacity at Milford Haven to meet the nation’s energy needs and save the hundreds of jobs at the site.
“The workforce has been under real pressure and worked really hard in a climate of uncertainty over the past four years, while the American owner looked for a new buyer.
“They have done nothing to deserve this treatment. It‘s now time for all parties that have a stake in the future of Milford Haven to fight tooth and nail to save the refinery.”
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Notes for editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.