"British Jobs for British workers": the problem of collective agreements in the UK

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On January 28, 2009, workers at Lindsey Oil Refinery in Lincolnshire began unofficial strike action in protest about perceived discrimination against British workers. The wildcat strike, which initiated sympathy strikes in other parts of the country, highlighted widespread concern about the application of the European Union’s Posted Workers’ Directive 1 in the UK. The strikes flared up again in June 2009. An agreement to bring an end to the dispute has since been reached. However, concerns about the implementation in the UK of the Posted Workers’ Directive have not been resolved and it seems unlikely that the British Government will take action to alter its mode of implementation of the Directive.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-194
Number of pages14
JournalJuridical Review
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Lindsey oil refinery
  • provision of service
  • employment protection

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