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Thu Feb 26, 2015, 04:52 AM

USA: Workers fight back against giant oil companies

US oil industry collective bargaining agreements expired starting 31 January. Since the industry has refused to offer a reasonable proposal, workers are now on strike at 15 facilities across the USA. The strike includes 7,000 workers at 12 refineries, representing about 1/5 of the total oil refining capacity in the whole country.

Health and safety issues are key to this dispute. In 1973, a predecessor of the USW won a hard-fought nation-wide strike against Shell Oil for improvements in health and safety. However, in the decades since then, those gains have been eroded by staff reductions, contracting out, and cost cutting.

Corners are cut on maintenance, equipment is purchased on “low bid”, and more and more skilled refining jobs are contracted out to lower-paid and more easily intimidated, usually non-union, temporary workers. This has left US facilities with less than a skeleton staff of professionals – in many cases, there are not enough staff on the site to deal safely with normal operations, let alone an unplanned emergency. Short staffing leads to inhuman shift schedules and chronic stress and fatigue.

The oil industry is one of the richest industries on the planet. Yet it consistently displays contempt for the health and safety of the people who earn their profits for them and those living in nearby communities.

http://www.industriall-union.org/usa-workers-fight-back-against-giant-oil-companies

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 07:01 AM

1. Short staffing leads to inhuman shift schedules and chronic stress and fatigue-This hazard

seems to be the Method of operation to destroy the work force.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 08:03 AM

2. This is how capitalism is designed to work

 

The most profitable industry or corporation on the face of the planet constantly manipulating and scheming to pay the people who work for them less and less. Elite corporate millionaires can't allow the worker to make a decent wage. Capitalism requires that owners, CEOs, boards of directors and major stockholders constantly fight with their workers to pay them less and less. Eventually the hugely profitable corporate giant pays so little that it might as well be slavery.

That my friends is always the outcome of capitalism.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Original post)

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 08:09 AM

3. K&R

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