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 nuclear workers confirm 24-hour strike

A total of 3,000 workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria are to strike tomorrow in a dispute over pay. GMB union said its members working at the site will begin industrial action from 6.01am on Wednesday, 27th September until 5.59am on Thursday, 28th September. The move comes after 76% of members voted to […]

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 […]

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 […]

EDF Energy workers vote for strike action

Workers at EDF Energy have voted for strike action in a dispute over pay cuts, job losses and extended working hours to install smart meters. The Unite union said its members, which includes meter readers and fixers, office staff and managers, will take part in a two-day strike on 12th and 20th August. It is […]

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 […]

£21m energy efficiency makeover for student housing

A student accommodation firm is to spend £21 million to install energy-saving lighting in 120 properties across the UK. Unite Students has teamed up with electronics company Philips, which will upgrade the lighting in 23 town and cities in the next two years. The project would see 300,000 LEDs and 85,000 automated sensors installed in […]

EDF strikes deal with unions on new nuclear plant

The Big Six supplier EDF has struck an agreement with unions on the building of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. The deal with the GMB and Unite trade unions sets out the pay and terms of employment – including welfare facilities and training – for electrical and mechanical workers. It follows a similar […]

Salmond asks why Grangemouth deal came to "cliff edge"

Questions will be asked about why the future of Grangemouth petrochemical plant came so close to the “cliff edge”, according to Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond. Under today’s deal union Unite agreed not to strike for three years and accepted the plant owner INEOS’ survival plan. Mr Salmond said: “There will no doubt be continued debate and […]

Phew! Grangemouth petrochemical plant saved from closure

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant has been saved from closure after the owner INEOS agreed a deal with the Unite union. It marks a lucky escape as the site has been shut down since last week and looked set to close for good after Unite rejected INEOS’ survival plan on Monday. It will now reopen after […]