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Sellafield firefighters announce second strike date

Sellafield site in west Cumbria Photo: ITV Border

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site have announced a second strike date in a dispute over pay.

Members of the GMB union will walk out for 24 hours from 6am on 31 July - in addition to a strike they'd already called on 24 July.

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

"Sellafield management have sought to portray their own workforce as motivated by greed. However they have failed to say that they have given managers in fire and rescue at Sellafield between a 12 per cent and 32 per cent rise in basic pay. "Sellafield management have disgracefully sought to denigrate firefighters for earning shift pay. But they work 12 hour shifts for that shift payment and on the nuclear site that hosts the highest level of nuclear waste. However Sellafield have been conveniently silent on the fact that some of the managers who have enjoyed between a 12 per cent and 32 per cent pay rise also enjoy a shift payment which is the same as that which firefighters receive".

– Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser

Sellafield said it has arrangements in place to provide cover during strike action.

As always, our priority during this industrial action is maintaining safety.

Unfortunately GMB has failed to formally guarantee that minimum fire safety levels will be maintained during this industrial action.

We have been left with no option other than to put in place a commercial agreement with a third party provider (Securitas) to ensure safety is maintained.

We cannot and will not be held to ransom on the safety of our workforce and the local community."

– Sellafield Ltd