Unions reach deal to avoid strike at Hinkley nuclear plant

Potential strike action by hundreds of construction workers building the new Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station has been averted. Members of the GMB and Unite unions were preparing for industrial action after they rejected the previous pay offer made by EDF. However, under the improved pay deal, wages will be up to 36% […]

Sellafield accused of intimidation ahead of firefighters’ strike

The management at Sellafield has been accused of intimidation by the GMB union ahead of the second firefighters strike today. Firefighters working at the nuclear site are walking out between 6am and 6.30pm in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. It follows a previous walkout on Tuesday this week. GMB alleges members have been […]

Sellafield firefighters’ strike back on after talks fail

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria are to stage two strikes this month in a dispute over pay grades. More than 60 GMB union members had voted for industrial action in July but it was shelved for further talks. However, the union has said the management at Sellafield “failed to keep promises” and […]

NuGen boss says Cumbrian nuclear plant will be delayed

The head of NuGen has said the development of the proposed nuclear power station in Cumbria will be delayed. The firm initially expected electricity generation to begin by 2025. However, Chief Executive Tom Samson said: “Clearly, there will be a shift in the start date from 2025 to later in the 2020s but the plant […]

Hinkley Point C: Unions to ballot for strike action

Trade unions for construction workers at the Hinkley Point C project in Somerset are to hold a ballot for strike action in a dispute over pay. It comes as more than 95% of GMB and Unite members voted against the proposed pay increase offered by French utility EDF and its contractor BYLOR. The dispute, which […]

Union calls on Sellafield nuclear management to re-open talks

Members of the GMB union working at the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning site are calling on the management to re-open talks in the dispute over pay. The union suggests members are seeking a “fair resolution” but in the absence of “meaningful talks”, the GMB Strike Committee will decide on Monday when the first industrial action will […]

Firefighters at Sellafield nuclear site confirm strike

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site have confirmed they will go on strike this month. Members of the GMB union will walk out for 24 hours on 24th July in a dispute over pay. Sellafield previously said GMB members rejected its offer of an additional task-based payment equivalent to a 5% increase in basic pay […]

Unions threaten to delay Hinkley nuclear plant construction

Unions have warned the construction of Hinkley Point C (HPC) nuclear power station could be delayed if a dispute over bonus payments is not resolved. GMB and Unite will be holding a ballot – from May 2nd to May 5th – of their 700 members working at the Somerset site. The unions argue the bonus […]

GMB: Government should halt National Grid’s gas network sale

GMB union has called on the government to stop the sale of National Grid’s gas infrastructure. The comment comes a day after foreign bidders submitted preliminary offers for a majority stake in the grid operator’s gas unit. National Grid estimates the deal could be worth up to £11 billion. The union believes National Grid is selling a “key […]

Ofgem must be scrapped, says union

The GMB union has called for Ofgem to be abolished. It also calls for the government to take over as regulator accountable to parliament. The union for energy workers’ call follows Ofgem’s proposals announced earlier this week. The regulator agreed to adopt the Competition Markets Authority’s recommendation to establish a price cap to protect vulnerable customers from being […]