Sellafield workers to strike

Workers at the British nuclear reprocessing plant in Sellafield are to stage two one-day strikes in a dispute over pay, unions announced today.

Workers at the British nuclear reprocessing plant in Sellafield are to stage two one-day strikes in a dispute over pay, unions announced today.

Members of the GMB and Amicus will walk out next Friday November 14 and on November 21 after accusing British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) of reneging on a deal aimed at closing a £2,000 (€2,900) pay difference between manual and white collar workers.

Both unions have given assurances to the company that safety will be maintained at the plant despite the industrial action.

Brian Strutton, national officer of the GMB, said: “GMB members at Sellafield are appalled that BNFL has reneged on an agreement.”

Mr Strutton claims the company had imposed a deal on workers and had refused to negotiate with unions.

He accused BNFL of being “hell-bent” on provoking a conflict with the workers.

The GMB said it had written to Trade and Industry Secretary Patricia Hewitt over a month ago, urging her to intervene to resolve the row, but complained they had not had a reply.

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