Government ‘must support clean energy jobs in the North of England’

The Institute for Public Policy Research says the region could prove a vital low carbon powerhouse

UK’s offshore oil and gas sector ‘must boost recruitment efforts’

Oil & Gas UK says the industry must focus on hiring a diverse mix of staff able to make its 2035 goals a reality

UK infrastructure boom ‘risked by skills shortage’

Only half of sustainability experts are confident those working on infrastructure projects have the necessary skills. That’s according to a new report from IEMA, which suggests the UK is currently experiencing an unparalleled surge of investment in infrastructure and must find enough of the right workers to keep up with demand if it is to […]

Sellafield workers vote to strike over pay

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear decommissioning facility have voted in favour of strike action over pay disputes. Members of the GMB union voted by more than three-to-one to cease work at the site in Cumbria. It claims the decision followed the company ignoring requests for further pay talks after it imposed a below-inflation pay rise […]

Modular housing contract worth £50m for Hinkley Point C builders

A company has secured a £50 million contract to build accommodation for Hinkley Point C construction workers. Caledonian, a bespoke building firm from Nottinghamshire, has doubled its workforce for the Laing O’Rourke project. It says it has already completed the offsite production of the first accommodation modules, which will be delivered to Somerset 96% complete […]

Nuclear workers to vote on strike action

Nuclear trade unions are to ballot for strike action in response to proposed pension cuts in the sector. The GMB, Prospect, Unite and ASLEF/TSSA unions met in London yesterday and organised the ballot in response to more than £660 million of pension cuts for 16,000 workers across 19 sites. The workers, who are primarily involved in decommissioning work, will vote in […]

New plan aims to boost UK nuclear workforce

A new plan aims to ensure there will be enough nuclear workers to achieve the sector’s goals going forward. The Nuclear Skills Strategic Plan (NSSP) outlines a series of steps to make sure the UK’s nuclear workforce will be large and skilled enough to cope with increased activity. It follows the UK Government, France’s EDF […]

Redundant offshore workers could protect our borders

A trade union has claimed offshore workers could fill the gaps in the under-resourced UK border force. Nautilus International, a trade union for maritime professionals, said the UK Government should be looking at the thousands of North Sea oil and gas workers who have been made redundant in the wake of the oil price decline. […]

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 […]

Strike threat at Shetland gas plant “over room sharing”

The GMB union is threatening oil company Petrofac with strikes in a row over accommodation at the building site of a Shetland gas site. Petrofac has been building a plant on the Shetland isles, on behalf of Total, to take gas from two offshore platforms in the North Sea since 2010. GMB claimed an “overwhelming majority” […]