Strike Threat Could Shut Down Olympic Traffic

Published July 4th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Fuel supplies to the Sydney Olympics could be in jeopardy, as refinery workers at the Games' main fuel sponsor, Shell, are threatening industrial action over job cuts. 

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) have threatened industrial action at Shell's Sydney oil refinery, over concerns about job shedding, which it says will make the refinery unsafe. 

"The issue for us is that they are running a campaign that is absolutely leaving us with no option at all," CFMEU energy division secretary Lorraine Usher said Tuesday. 

But a Shell spokesman denied the company was taking a confrontational approach. 

The spokesman said Shell supplied 40 per cent of car fuel and diesel to the state and had the fuel contract for the Olympics. 

The Olympic contract includes supplying diesel to all buses and trucks, powering generators and refueling official boats and pleasure craft on Sydney Harbor. 

Shell is also the main supplier of jet fuel in New South Wales. 

"All the transportation for the Sydney Games will be supplied by Shell," he said. 

The matter is to go to the New South Wales Industrial Relations Commission on Wednesday but Usher said if Shell pushed ahead with the reforms next week industrial action was likely – (AFP)  

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