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 […]

GMB says you can’t rely on wind

The GMB union has said the UK can’t rely on wind to provide supply as it’s just not windy enough. In the year from 1 June 2015, one in eight days has been a low wind day. That’s 46 in total or one and a half months. Low wind means only 10% of installed capacity […]

Further GMB Sellafield strikes over pay dispute

GMB trade union members took part in a strike action at Sellafield nuclear plant today over a dispute concerning pay. Health Physics Monitors (HPMs), who assess radiological safety, will protest until 28th August. It started from 8.30am to 12.30pm with a march from Yottonfews to Sellafield’s main gate this morning and will start again tomorrow at 6.30am for two full days, ending […]

GMB: Hinkley Point C should go ahead

Trade union GMB has said Hinkley Point C should go ahead despite concerns. In response to an open letter in the Ecologist, which challenged GMB’s support, the union said the authors were “wrong on so many levels”. The letter comes after Austria launched a lawsuit against the construction of the nuclear power plant late last […]

Offshore workers strike ballot on hold

A strike ballot to resolve a dispute for changes in working terms for offshore workers has been put on hold as union members consider a new offer to their terms. GMB and Unite officials will consult members on a new offer which emerged at talks in Aberdeen yesterday. The changes to working conditions are covered by […]

UK onshore sector and union agree on shale gas

An agreement to ensure the onshore industry works safely, transparently and in an environmentally responsible way while exploring for shale gas has been set out. GMB union and UK Onshore Oil and Gas (UKOOG) announced the agreement of a joint charter, which will focus on safety, skills and supply chain development. They aim to ensure […]

Protest at waste to energy construction site

GMB union members protested outside a Teeside waste-to-energy construction site today, claiming local workers were undercut by migrants. Recycling firm SITA has been accused of discriminating against local workers by “giving them no chance to get up to three quarters of the 400 jobs on the site at the construction phase of the job”. The […]

Magnox to cut 1,600 jobs at nuclear sites

Magnox is closing 12 sites accross the country which will lead to 1,600 job losses. The closing sites include Berkeley, Gloucestershire and Bradwell and are to close by September next year. Magnox said: “These proposed reductions arise from planned step downs in the work programme at a number of sites and the implementation of a more […]

Offshore workers strike ballot goes ahead

A strike ballot will go ahead after a meeting to resolve a dispute for changes in working terms for offshore workers has failed. GMB and Unite union officials held the talks yesterday when it was hoped the disagreement would be resolved. The dispute is over changes to working conditions for staff covered by the Offshore Contractors Agreement (OCA) […]