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Calls for public inquiry into Coryton closure

Calls for public inquiry into Coryton closure Credit: PA

Labour MEP Richard Howitt has told workers made redundant from the Coryton oil refinery in Essex, that they have the right to know why negotiations to save it failed.

At the 'Justice for Coryton' meeting last night (11th July), he called for a public inquiry into why a new buyer for the plant could not be found. He said Coryton could have been saved for less than the estimated 100 million it will cost to close it.

Calls for summit to save Essex refinery

An Essex MP has called on the Prime Minister to convene an summit to help save the Coryton oil refinery near Basildon.

Stephen Metcalfe, the Conservative MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock was speaking at Prime Minister's Question Time where William Hague was standing in for David Cameron.

Administrators have told employees at the refinery that it's likely 180 of the 500-strong workforce will be made redundant next week. The plant's parent company went into liquidation at the beginning of the year.

Refinery workers 'feel let down'

Workers at an Essex oil refinery set to close with the loss of hundreds of jobs feel "let down" by the Government. Unite said its members at the Coryton site also felt they had been "led down the garden path" by administrators.

Workers staged a protest outside the energy department in London, before a meeting between union officials, Energy Minister Charles Hendry and local politicians.

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Refinery workers protest in London

Workers from Coryton Oil refinery have protested outside the Department for Energy calling on the Government to do all they can to save jobs at the plant.

The protest follows an annoucement last night that up to 180 jobs could go after the plant's parent company went into liquidation at the beginning of the year. Today union officials met the Energy Minister to ask for government money to help safeguard jobs.

Essex County Council offers Coryton taskforce support

Essex County Council has today pledged its support to the Thurrock Council taskforce being set up following the announcement of the possible closure of the Coryton Oil Refinery.

The site’s administrators Price Waterhouse Coopers announced yesterday that they had been unable to find a buyer for the refinery and were seeking to start negotiations with unions and employers over its closure.

This would mean the loss of up to 500 jobs at the refinery and impact on other companies providing services to the site.

“We have worked closely with Thurrock Council ever since it emerged the refinery was under threat and we remain committed to working with them in the task force they are forming to co-ordinate support and next steps.

“Providing all the help, support and advice needed to those affected is not something that one organisation can provide – it needs to be a partnership approach. This is why we will be continuing to offer our full support to Thurrock Council and others in helping do everything we can to help the workers and ease the impact of any closure of the refinery.”

– County Councillor Kevin Bentley, cabinet member for Economic Development
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