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Four more walkouts planned at Sellafield over safety fears

Sellafield is set for another wave of industrial action after workers from nine subcontractors announced four walkouts in September.

Workers from Cape Industrial Services, Focus Scaffolding, Hertel UK, Interservice Industrial Services, Jacobs Stobbarts, Meldrum, Mitie Facilities Services and PPS Electrical will go on strike between 5:30 am and 8:00 am on 1, 9 and 16 September, with a full 24-hour walkout planned for the 23 September.

The same workers, alongside colleagues from Balfour Beatty Engineering Construction Services, will also be imposing an overtime ban from 27 August.

Further strike ballots are being held for workers at fellow Sellafield contractors Amec Foster Wheeler, Doosan Babcock, Hargreaves, and PC Richardson & Co.

The planned strikes are the latest stage of the long-running dispute between Sellafield workers and the site’s 14 subcontractors over health and safety concerns.

Workers are demanding a full-time paid health and safety convenor be installed at the site and want the subcontractors to back a union-led health and safety committee.

Unite regional secretary for the North-west Mick Whitley said: “The bully boy tactics by the subcontractors are still continuing as our members raise legitimate concerns about health and safety.  

“Unite has repeatedly called for meaningful talks, but they have been rebuffed at every stage and our members have no alternative but to take industrial action, including a day’s strike on 23 September.

“The continuing attitude of the bosses underlines the draconian attitude of the contractors at Sellafield and means that industrial relations are now teetering on the edge of the abyss.”

Sellafield and the Sellafield NAECI contractors group have been contacted for comment.

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