The ExxonMobil oil refiner in Fawley (Picture: David Dixon)

Workers at an ExxonMobil oil refinery near Southampton are set to strike next week—and they could soon by joined by more in Scotland.

GMB union members at the Fawley Oil refinery, near Southampton, plan to strike after being denied bonus pay which they have been given in the past. They are angry that this year the bosses have refused to give them their Incentive Bonus Arrangement.

The oil refinery is owned by Esso Petroleum Company Limited, which is a subsidiary of fossil fuel giant ExxonMobil.  ExxonMobil’s profits more than doubled this year as the demand for energy soared. So workers are right to say the company can pay them their bonus.

They plan to strike from the 21 November to at least the 2 December. Meanwhile, workers at ExxonMobil’s  Mossmorran refinery in Scotland are balloting for strikes.

Some 200 construction workers in the Unite union there, employed by three different contractors, are being denied the level of bonus payments granted by national agreements. Their ballot ends on Monday 28 November.

Workers who make pipelines for the oil and gas industry have voted to strike after the bosses refused to hand them an above inflation pay rise.

Around 200 members of the GMB union at Baker Hughes rejected a pay offer that would amount to just four percent. Strike dates were set to be announced as Socialist Worker went to press.

Michael Hunt, GMB organiser, said, “Workers at Baker Hughes are desperate. They’re struggling to make ends meet and feed their families.” Hunt added that the multinational corporation was making big profits and could “invest some of the cash into the workforce.”

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