UK gov’t seeks end to protests over foreign labor (AP)

Demonstrators gather at dawn at Total's Lindsey oil refinery near Immingham, north east England Friday Jan. 30, 2009. Seven hundred employees at a Scottish refinery walked out Friday, joining a growing campaign of protests against foreign citizens being hired for an oil industry construction project in England. The protests were provoked by an Italian company's decision to use Italian and Portuguese workers for a 200 million-pound ($280 million) project at the Total's Lindsey refinery. (AP Photo/Jon Super).AP – In the face of growing protests and rising unemployment, the British government said Saturday it understands the frustration of energy workers who have walked out over the hiring of foreign citizens. But it warned against protectionism, saying isolating the British economy would only make the downturn worse.

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