Firefighters’ strike at Sellafield nuclear site suspended

Strike action by firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site has been suspended. The GMB union said final talks this morning led to an “improved pay offer” from the Sellafield Management. […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Strike action by firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site has been suspended.

The GMB union said final talks this morning led to an “improved pay offer” from the Sellafield Management.

Members of the union were due to walk out for 24 hours on 24th July and 31st July.

GMB members will not be balloted on the improved offer.

The union claims the dispute over pay has been “unresolved for years” during which time firefighters have been working beyond their role and grade in important safety and emergency work such as carrying out paramedic work “while their pay had fallen behind inflation”.

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser said: “Last ditch talks this morning with Sellafield Ltd led to a significantly improved offer being tabled by the company which will now be put to GMB members. The planned strike action has therefore been postponed.

“GMB will now ballot members on the new deal as soon as possible.”

Sellafield Ltd added the talks this morning were “positive”.

A spokesperson added: “The GMB are going back to ballot the firefighters and have suspended the strike action that was planned for both Monday, July 24th and Monday, July 31st.

“This means that the site will continue to operate as normal on Monday.”