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Sellafield firefighters to strike this month

Sellafield is braced for industrial action Credit: PA

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site are to stage their first strike later this month in a dispute over pay.

Members of the GMB union will walk out for 24 hours on July 24, with further stoppages planned.

The union said an offer from the company would still leave firefighters' pay nearly 5% below the combined increase in the inflation rate since 2009.

GMB official Chris Jukes said: "Like everyone else in the country who have not had pay rises that have kept pace with inflation, GMB's firefighter members at Sellafield need to pay the bills.<

"The offer from Sellafield Limited falls short of what's necessary to start making up the ground GMB members have lost to inflation over the last decade.

"The decision to strike has not been taken lightly and the fact that this is the first time that GMB members working as firefighters at Sellafield will have taken strike action tells you all you need to know in this regard."