Wednesday, 11 February 2009
More Protests and Unemployment expected to surge past two million
It is being reported protests on the scale of last week's mass picketing of Lindsey oil refinery will shift this morning to two power station sites, where hundreds of skilled British contract workers have failed to find work.
This is now developing at a very interesting pace and scale, what will the response be from the Government I wonder?
Workers who took part in the action in North Lincolnshire, which led to half the jobs on a specialised plant contract being reserved for British applicants, will join the protests at Staythorpe in Nottinghamshire and the Isle of Grain in Kent.
Up to 1,000 demonstrators are expected at the sites, which are in the hands of a chain of foreign subcontractors, similar to the set-up at Lindsey that initially led to a self-contained "package" workforce of Italian and Portuguese men arriving by barge to do the work.
Also today Unemployment is expected to surge past two million for the first time since Labour came to power in 1997 amid evidence that the UK jobless total is increasing twice as fast as the average across Europe. A wave of job losses in recent weeks, including 2,300 at the Royal Bank of Scotland on Tuesday, has led experts to believe the two million figure will be breached, with analysts now predicting that unemployment will reach three million within the next year.
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