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Nuke sparks resume two day strikes

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ELECTRICIANS working at a nuclear power plant in Scotland resumed strike action this week after suspending the stoppage to consider a pay deal.

The 40 Balfour Kilpatrick sparks have voted to strike every Tuesday and Wednesday at the Hunterston complex, near West Kilbride, until the bust-up is resolved. The action began last month.

They are angry that a 50p an hour enhancement payment has been scrapped by the Scottish Electrical Contractors Association.

Last week Amicus regional officer Rab Sherry met Balfour Kilpatrick officials to discuss an offer to reinstate the payment - but only during shutdowns. Mr Sherry said: 'The offer was put to the men and rejected unanimously.'

Balfour Kilpatrick has said it is applying nationally agreed rules.