‘British Jobs for British Workers’: The Lindsey Oil Refinery Dispute and the Future of Local Labour Clauses in an Integrated EU Market

Posted: 8 Sep 2009

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Catherine Barnard

University of Cambridge - Trinity College

Date Written: September 2009

Abstract

The Lindsey Oil Refinery dispute in the early Spring and Summer of 2009 raised issues about the posting of European Union workers to the UK to fulfil a contract on a multi-employer construction site at a time of high levels of unemployment in the UK construction industry and deepening recession. According to press reports, the dispute was resolved only with an agreement to hire at least 100 ‘British’ workers at the site. This raises questions as to the compatibility of the deal with Community law. This article looks first at the dispute at the Lindsey Oil Refinery and the legal issues raised. It then takes a step back to consider the broader question of the extent to which local hiring clauses can legitimately be included in procurement contracts.

Suggested Citation

Barnard, Catherine, ‘British Jobs for British Workers’: The Lindsey Oil Refinery Dispute and the Future of Local Labour Clauses in an Integrated EU Market (September 2009). Industrial Law Journal, Vol. 38, Issue 3, pp. 245-277, 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1468185 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwp013

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