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Conoco U.K. Humber Refinery Operations Unaffected by Protest

December 07, 2011

(Updates with Unite union statement in fourth paragraph.)

Dec. 7 (Bloomberg) -- About 40 to 50 contractors arrived at ConocoPhillips’s 221,000 barrel-a-day Humber oil refinery in the U.K. to support a labor dispute that didn’t affect the company’s operations or workers, according to Conoco spokeswoman.

The protesters gathered at the plant for about 45 minutes, said Nina Stobart, a company spokeswoman based at the site.

“A small number of maintenance contract workers arrived at the Humber refinery to support an unrelated dispute,” Stobart said in an e-mailed statement. “There are no contractor labor disputes at the ConocoPhillips refinery, no staff are involved, and refinery operations are unaffected.”

Unite, the U.K.’s biggest union, said protests would take place at construction sites across Britain today in response to proposed industrial employment contracts.

--Editors: Raj Rajendran, Rob Verdonck.

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