200 Thais on strike at Swedish refinery

Some 200 Thai mechanics at the Swedish refinery Preem in Lysekil went on a wild strike on Thursday 1 September, reports regional and national press in Sweden. The cause is allegedly disgruntlement with the salaries paid to the workers by the Thai manning company that hired them. Four Thais have been sent home and that too has stirred up feelings among the Thais. Conflicts regarding the salary conditions for workers hired by subcontractors have been boiling for some time. A general salary agreement between the Swedish construction workers union and the main contractor at the refinery has been signed but not followed, according to a union statement to a local newspaper, writes Sweden’s largest business daily DI.

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