Sellafield firefighters announce fresh strike in pay dispute

The Sellafield nuclear site will be hit by fresh industrial action as firefighters have announced another strike this week. Around 3,000 members of the GMB union will stage a third […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The Sellafield nuclear site will be hit by fresh industrial action as firefighters have announced another strike this week.

Around 3,000 members of the GMB union will stage a third 12-hour strike this Thursday, 30th November, from 6am to 6pm in a dispute over pay.

The union claims firefighters’ job has been re-evaluated by three professionals, all recommending an increase in pay but allege Sellafield management has “repeatedly ignored the work they commissioned”.

It adds the firefighters also act as paramedics for the site alongside their role in responding to fires.

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser said: “Sellafield has offered the firefighters an extra £4.30 net a week in return for providing back up support to the police and the military in the event of a terrorist attack or other catastrophic incident.

“This dispute has always been about the pay and grade of the firefighters’ role and GMB members feel insulted by being offered so little for such vital and potentially dangerous work.”

A spokesperson for Sellafield added: “The safety and security of the Sellafield site are our priorities during any industrial action. Full emergency safety cover will be in place during this strike.”