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Dispute erupts over Staythorpe power station workers' pay gap

A protracted row over the running of the Staythorpe Power Station construction site in Nottinghamshire has flared up again after an audit of the payroll system found Italian contractor Somi had been underpaying its employees by more than £1,000 a month.

Unions have indicated plans for further strikes and protests following the revelation, including demonstrations at the offices of main contractor Alstom and business secretary Lord Mandelson.

The GMB said it would also proceed with strike ballots at the site over a host of issues, including non payment of wages and an unfair redundancy process.

The union’s regional organiser Andy Fletcher said: “Somi told GMB that they were paying their workers in line with the national engineering construction agreements on the Staythorpe site. The audit has exposed these Somi statements as lies.

“GMB is calling on HM Revenue & Customs to investigate the returns of both Somi and Alstom regarding the Staythorpe site.

“The findings will only further exacerbate a very tense situation on the site.”

A row over foreign labour on the scheme sparked a series of unofficial strikes last year and was only resolved after months of talks which headed off the threat of official action by thousands of workers.