HUNDREDS of contractors at Hinkley Point B power station near Bridgwater staged a mass walkout in protest at sackings at an oil refinery in Lincolnshire last week.

About 400 contract workers left the site on Friday before going back to work yesterday (Monday), station owners British Energy confirmed.

The wildcat strikes, which took place across the UK last week, were in support of the 650 sacked construction workers at the Lindsay Oil Refinery.

Oil giant Total laid off the workers giving them until 5pm yesterday to reapply for their jobs.

A spokesman for British Energy told the Mercury the 400 or so contractors have now returned to work as normal.

The spokesman also said the work the contractors were engaged on could not go ahead so other work using British Energy employees and various inspections were carried out instead.