POLICE had been referred to as after scores of protesters marked the beginning of strike motion at Fawley refinery by blocking the street exterior the massive complicated.
Photos present activists standing in entrance of automobiles on the Hardley roundabout, which is subsequent to the doorway utilized by tankers coming into and leaving the refinery.
Individuals dwelling within the space say the busy A326 got here to a standstill following the start of commercial motion on Monday.
Academics had been unable to achieve the New Forest Academy, forcing it to postpone the beginning of the college day till 11am.
A number of individuals have taken to social media to voice their anger on the blockade, which adopted the beginning of commercial motion by members of the GMB and Unite unions.
One particular person stated a person attempting to get to work waited for a bus for 2 hours, solely to find the street was blocked.
One other added: “Couldn’t get into Hythe from Holbury. They weren’t letting anybody by. That is so egocentric.”
Police had been referred to as however no arrests had been made.
About 300 staff on the refinery are concerned in a pay dispute with contractors working for ExxonMobil, which runs the positioning.
In an announcement issued earlier this month, the GMB warned that picket strains would lead to “important visitors congestion and disruption” within the Fawley space.
Photos taken on Monday morning present individuals standing in entrance of a bus and different stationary automobiles on the roundabout.
College students attempting to get to Brockenhurst Faculty by public transport had been amongst these delayed by the protest.
The pinnacle of New Forest police, Chief Insp Nick Marsden, stated: “Blocking roads is unlawful and harmful and now we have obtained experiences that this has occurred.
“Officers labored to get visitors shifting as rapidly and safely as attainable. We are going to proceed to make sure officers are current all through this week so as to facilitate peaceable protest.
“The place individuals select to behave exterior the regulation, we are going to take the required motion.”
A Unite spokesperson denied that any of its members had blocked the street.
They added: “Unite has been peacefully and lawfully picketing on the entrances to the Fawley refinery. Unite will proceed to legally protest in the course of the size of this dispute.”
The GMB has additionally been contacted for remark.
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