Sellafield nuclear workers confirm 24-hour strike

A total of 3,000 workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria are to strike tomorrow in a dispute over pay. GMB union said its members working at the site […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

A total of 3,000 workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria are to strike tomorrow in a dispute over pay.

GMB union said its members working at the site will begin industrial action from 6.01am on Wednesday, 27th September until 5.59am on Thursday, 28th September.

The move comes after 76% of members voted to take strike action.

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser said: “It is a crying shame that we have reached this position and there is huge frustration at the management culture inside Sellafield.

“GMB members just want a fair pay rise, an end to the upstairs downstairs culture and a leadership that can deliver vision, growth and jobs for Sellafield and the surrounding areas.”

Sellafield believes the “no-strings-attached 1.5% pay increase is fair and reasonable”.

A spokesperson added: “This is based on company affordability. We have been consistent throughout discussions with the trades unions. Prospect – which has collective bargaining rights for more than half our workforce – has accepted the offer.

“Our priority will be to ensure the site remains safe and secure. We are grateful to the GMB for agreeing to provide safety cover during the strike.”

Unite the Union is also balloting its 2,000 members, with the result due on Monday.