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Sparks take protest to Sellafield nuclear plant

Sellafield nuclear power station is set to be the next battleground in an ongoing war between electrical contractors and employees over plans to leave current pay agreements.

More than 100 construction workers and members of Unite are set to protest today at the nuclear site by handing out leaflets.

The site has been targeted as two of its contractors, Balfour Beatty and Crown House, are part of the group of contractors imposing semi-skilled grades into the M&E sector.

Unite regional officer, John Fallow said: “By protesting outside Sellafield power station, construction workers will be showing their employers just how angry they are at the threat to de-skill their jobs and cut their pay by a third.

“Construction workers have made it clear they will not accept a pay cut. They have been protesting for weeks and we are advised that they will not stop until their employers have returned to the negotiating table for a constructive dialogue.”

Unite say that Balfour Beatty, Crown House Technologies, Spie Matthew Hall, Shepherd Engineering Services and NG Bailey have issued the union with legal notice of their intention to dismiss, with notice, thousands of employees before re-engaging them on new inferior contracts.

A Sellafield Ltd statement said: “This demonstration has nothing to do with Sellafield Ltd and is the result of a national dispute between the Unite union and several construction contractors relating to proposed changes to terms and conditions for electrical workers.

“These changes do not affect any workers based at Sellafield as we operate under a separate agreement. No Sellafield Ltd employees or their union representatives will be involved in the demonstration.”


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