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Sellafield workers return to work

Sellafield Credit: PA

Hundreds of Sellafield contractors have returned to work following a walk-out last week.

The 1,100 contractors were angered by the state of a changing room on the nuclear site.

The Unite union now says that "it's confident" those issues can be resolved during talks this week.

Sellafield says it's will work with the union to address their concerns.

Around 1,400 Sellafield contractors walk out

Sellafield Credit: PA

Around 1,400 contract workers at the Sellafield nuclear site in Cumbria have staged an immediate walk out.

A Unite union spokesman told ITV Border the unofficial action at Sellafield was taken first thing this morning following a meeting with the contractors at 7am.

The workers will be off site until Monday, and the strike action will cost them each around £500.

Changing rooms are at the centre of the row, with Unite claiming they are not up to standard, and that dirty towels are left for them to use after showering.

In a statement, Sellafield say they have taken measures to ensure safety at the nuclear complex.

We are aware of an industrial relations issue involving contractors at the site, and we are closely monitoring further developments.

We have taken steps to ensure that safety, security and operations at the site will be unaffected.

– Sellafield statement

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Toshiba to publish business results

Proposed new development at Moorside Credit: NuGen

Toshiba's involvement in the Moorside nuclear project near Sellafield could be clearer today as the Japanese firm publishes its third quarter results.

The technology manufacturer said it was reviewing all nuclear business outside of Japan, raising questions over their future input.

Recruitment drive could lead to more nurses

Health bosses at a recruitment drive to help solve what's being described as Cumbria's nursing crisis interviewed more than 20 people.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which runs North Cumbria's community hospitals say the group has a shortage of nurses.

In total the trust employs 1,826 qualified nurses but has 55 vacancies.

Yesterday the trust held a recruitment day at the Halston Hotel in Carlisle.

Recruitment drive to bring nurses to Cumbria

Cumbria has a shortage of nurses. Credit: PA

A local NHS Trust is hosting a recruitment event to bring more nurses to Cumbria.

The county has major problems recruiting the right healthcare professionals, and Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust says there are around 800 registered nurses in Cumbria who are not currently practicing.

They're also hoping to attract nurses from outside the county.

Recruiting nurses is a real challenge in Cumbria so we're doing everything we can to make it easy to apply for jobs across the Trust.

We'll have colleagues available to answer any queries about our vacancies and conduct interviews. Following the interviews we hope to be able to offer jobs on the day - meaning successful applicants can join us as soon as possible.

– Liesje Turner, Head of HR Business Partnering

The event is being held at The Halston, in Carlisle, until 4pm today (4 December).

Hydro power station to bring Dumfries & Galloway jobs boost

An impression of how the hydro power station would work. Credit: Media House
The Glenmuckloch site is currently a surface coal mine. Credit: ITV Border

A hydro power station is to be built in Dumfries and Galloway, bringing hundreds of temporary jobs to the area.

Scottish Ministers have granted approval for the construction and operation of a pumped storage hydro (PSH) electricity generation station in Glenmuckloch, near Kirkconnel.

Around 327 temporary workers will be employed to build it, and up to 15 permanent jobs will be created to operate it.

The site is currently operated as a surface coal mine.

With an installed capacity of up to 400 MW, and supporting 327 temporary and up to 15 permanent jobs, the Glenmuckloch station will help support the local economy in Dumfries and Galloway and support the growth of renewables in Scotland’s energy mix.

– Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown

The scheme is a joint venture between Buccleuch and 2020 Renewables.

They say it would still need major financial investment from other partners to proceed.

Meetings have taken place with the UK Government – which sets energy policy – to discuss the need for a stable revenue mechanism that will encourage investment.

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Controversial wind farm to bring 100 jobs to Borders

19 wind turbines will be built. Credit: PA

Planning consent has been granted for a major new wind farm in the Scottish Borders.

Aikengall IIa will be located in the Lammermuir Hills, and will consist of 19 turbines.

The development by Community Wind Power Ltd will bring 100 jobs to the area, and is expected to generate up to £9.4 million in community benefit.

The company says this money will be divided equally between local communities.

It'll produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of almost 35,000 homes.

Planning consent was granted today by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.

Local councils had raised concerns about the development.

Scottish Borders Council's planning committee voted to object to the scheme against the recommendation of planning officers, because they said it would "unacceptably harm" the landscape.

East Lothian Council also opposed the scheme, claiming it was "unquestionably the wrong development in the wrong place".

60 jobs cut at Penman Engineering in Dumfries

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Administrators have confirmed that 60 staff members have been made redundant at Penman Engineering Ltd in Dumfries.

15 jobs currently remain at the firm.

The company went into administration on 31 August 2016.

Penman had been in business since 1859 and employed around 140 people.

The administrators, Armstrong Watson, released this statement:

Yesterday (Thursday 29 September 2016) was a very significant day in the administration of Penman Engineering Limited. Whilst all staff have been working very hard and co-operating fully with the administration team on site to move trading forward the decision had to be taken by the administrators to make 60 staff redundant. Delays in receipt of certain funds from customers meant that the administration did not have the cashflow to maintain a workforce of 75 people, and could not make the various payments to employees at the time normally expected by employees under their contracts of employment. The administrators have been seeking recovery of those funds from customers, and will continue to do so. All staff affected will be kept informed and payments will be made as soon as funds become available.

15 employees have been retained by the administrators to help complete various tasks relating to the collection of remaining debts and the ongoing sale of the business.

– Mark Ranson, Restructuring Partner, Armstrong Watson
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