Sellafield nuclear workers plan second strike

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site are planning a second day of strike action in a row over pay. The Unite union, which represents more than 1,100 workers at the Cumbria plant, said employees are preparing to go on strike again on 22nd November. The dispute centres around the 1.5% pay offer by Sellafield, which […]

Union slams UKIP’s ‘beyond barmy’ energy plan

The Unite union has branded UKIP’s pledge to scrap the government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as “beyond barmy”. The party unveiled its manifesto today that includes a vow to abolish government departments, which it claims will lead to “considerable savings” for the taxpayer. Kevin Coyne, Unite national officer for energy and utilities […]

‘53% of workers not confident’ in offshore helicopter safety

More than 53% of workers said they are “not confident” in the safety of helicopter transfers to and from oil and gas installations in the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS). That’s the findings from the Unite union which surveyed more than 1,100 workers as part of the ‘Back Home Safe’ campaign. It claims a majority of […]

Unite official Stephen Deans resigns from Grangemouth

The official from the Unite union at the centre of the Grangemouth industrial dispute has resigned from his job. Stephen Deans had previously been suspended following which Unite members voted for strike action over his treatment, leading to the temporary shutdown of the plant. It was on the cusp of closing last week, which would […]

Grangemouth oil refinery shut until next week

The owners of the Grangemouth oil refinery and petrochemical site have shut the plant down and said it will remain closed until Tuesday at least. The news comes hours after Unite union members called off a 48-hour planned strike despite not resolving the dispute over the treatment of a convener following 16 hours of negotiation. […]

Talks to be held over Grangemouth oil refinery strike

The operator of the Grangemouth refinery and petrochemical site (pictured) is set to meet with union bosses this afternoon in an attempt to avert a 48-hour strike. Members of the Unite union are planning to walk out on Sunday in a row over the treatment of a union convener which follows a protest last week. […]