Employee wins sex discrimination case against UK Power Networks

A procurement specialist has won a sex discrimination case against her employer UK Power Networks over pay and promotion. According to Prospect union, Amy Arnold became aware she was being paid “substantially less” than male graduate trainees, who were doing the same work as her. The union adds over 18 months, she was “consistently refused” […]

Unions to ballot for industrial action over energy firm’s pay freeze

More than 90% of union members working at ScottishPower Generation have voted in favour of moving to a ballot for industrial action over the energy firm’s pay freeze. Prospect union said its members as well as Unite members rejected a pay offer that proposes a one-off payment and a pay freeze. The union added it […]

Queen’s Speech: Reactions from industry

Some in the industry have expressed disappointment about the government’s lack of commitment to the energy price cap as it was not mentioned in the Queen’s Speech today. Green energy supplier Bulb believes the price cap is necessary for householders to benefit from cheaper bills. Co-founder Hayden Wood said: “A cap would be a big […]

Longannet taskforce recovery plan to help workers

A Longannet taskforce plans to produce an ‘Economic Recovery Plan’ to support workers, businesses and communities affected by the closure of the power station. Owner ScottishPower made the announcement to shut the plant in in March 2016 following National Grid’s decision not to award it a contract for grid balancing services. The taskforce is made up of […]

EDF Energy signs key Hinkley Point C deals with unions

Power supplier EDF Energy has signed two labour relations agreements with trade unions and a major contractor for the proposed new nuclear project at Hinkley Point C. They include a ‘Common Framework Agreement’ covering industrial relations, recruitment, training, apprenticeships, health and welfare and a ‘Civils Sector Agreement’ relating to pay and pensions. By the time […]

Unions want two nuclear plant designs

MPs and two of Britain’s largest trade unions are concerned only one type of design could be picked by nuclear power firms operating in the UK, potentially jeopardising jobs and energy security. The call comes as the nuclear group behind Horizon Nuclear Power is due to announce its chosen reactor design for a new plant […]

Unions condemn nuclear closure

Following the announcement that Sellafield’s MOX reprocessing plant was shutting down, the Prospect union was quick to express its disappointment with the NDA’s decision. Prospect National Secretary Mike Graham said: “We are dismayed at the way this announcement has been made, without consultation with the unions, and without properly considering the way forward after its […]

Business bosses join Green Economy Council

The Green Economy Council has held its first meeting to discuss how government and industry can work together to support the transition to a low carbon economy. The council comprises business leaders from a cross-section of industries and sectors who will advise government on green-growth policies such as infrastructure, innovation, investment and unnecessary regulation. The […]