US oil workers launch nationwide strike after contract negotiations fail
February 2 , 2015
Union leaders in the US launched a major strike at nine oil refineries after a failure to reach an agreement on a new national contract with oil firms.
The walkout, the biggest such strike in 35 years, affects over 10% of the country’s refining capacity. The strike by the United Steelworkers Union (USW) began on Sunday.
In a statement, Tom Conway, the international vice-president of the USW said that the oil firms were “too greedy to make a positive change in the workplace”.
Royal Dutch Shell, one of the major oil firms, has said it hoped to “resume negotiations” as soon as possible.
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