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Talks resume in bid to avert widespread strikes

Fresh talks are underway today to resolve a dispute over pay which could result in thousands of engineering construction workers taking strike action at power station schemes around the country.

The row between unions and the Engineering Construction Industry Association has been ongoing since the beginning of the year and while both have admitted “good progress” is being made, they are still at loggerheads over wages.

Unions want their members to be given pay rises next year, but the ECIA has claimed contractors can not afford increased wages in the current climate.

The dispute has resulted in a strike ballot being undertaken by unions Unite and GMB, the result of which will also be made public today.

The GMB balloted workers at seven sites: BP in Grangemouth; Ineos in Grangemouth; Sellafield; Shell UK Stanlow; Staythorpe RWE in Nottinghamshire; Chevron at Pembroke; and Aberthaw in South Glamorgan.

It is understood workers have voted heavily in favour of industrial action.