A four-week strike by Australian oil refinery workers, which has dried up most filling stations and threatened the jobs of more than one-million workers, has partially ended.
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CU Sign "No Petrol"
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Background: A four-week strike by Australian oil refinery workers, which has dried up most filling stations and threatened the jobs of more than one-million workers, has partially ended.
In a vote on Friday July 28, the striking men accepted a plan advanced by the Australian Council of Trade Unions to resume supplies to five of the eight major oil companies. This was aimed at providing petrol and oil to essential industry and public services -- an estimated forty per cant of normal consumption.
The future of the proposals is, at this stage, uncertain.
The oil strike has been felt throughout the country, but Sydney, with its three million people and heavy concentration of industry, has taken the brunt of the strike. Oil refineries have stopped work, petrol stations have run dry and transport generally has been thrown into chess.
The dispute originated over a series of claims for refinery maintenance workers served on the companies early in April. The claims included one for a thirty-five hour week - a point on which the oil companies refused to negotiate. In all, more than one-thousand men are on strike.