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Striking union workers 'intimidated'

Unite Union has reiterated claims that workers felt intimidated by Cumbria Police, at their official picket line last Wednesday:

We are frustrated with what happened to our picket last Wednesday. As they dealt with traffic issues Cumbria Police opened another area to get people onto the Sellafield site which bypassed our lawful picket line. It meant that many workers were unable to talk to us and us them. The police were quite forceful with their actions and some workers felt intimated by them."

– Steve Gibbons, Unite Union

Police deny intimidation of Sellafield strike workers

Cumbria Police Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police says its response to strikes by Sellafield contractors was "proportionate and balanced".

The statement was issued after some of the workers claimed they were "intimidated" by police while picketing on Wednesday.

Cumbria Constabulary was present at the Sellafield site this morning in order to help facilitate lawful industrial action and implement a traffic management plan.

During the course of the morning a number of people were spoken to and cars obstructing roads were moved when requested by police. This was to allow those travelling to work to enter the site, and to ensure the action had minimal impact on members of the local community travelling in the area.

The Constabulary fully supports the right of an individual to take lawful industrial action, however a proportionate and balanced policing response is often required in consideration of those not involved in the action."

– Cumbria Police statement

Striking Sellafield workers claim they are being 'intimidated' by Police

Sellafield Nuclear Plant in Seascale, Cumbria. Credit: PA

Hundreds of Sellafield contract workers remain on strike after claiming they were "intimidated" by police while picketing on Wednesday.

The pickets were in place as part of an ongoing campaign by Unite members to have a full-time Union convenor based on the site.

Cumbria Police deny intimidation and say they were preventing cars obstructing roads.


Advice for A Level results day

As students in Cumbria find out their A Level results, we've put together a list of useful websites offering advice and support:

  • UCAS offers advice on their website - you can find out how to prepare for results day, and what to do if you don't get the results you want
  • The Student Room website also offers general guidance to students
  • If you're interested in apprenticeships, the National Careers Service website could help
  • Students from the University of Cumbria who went through Clearing have produced a video to help others. You can contact the University's clearing advice line, on: 08081787373

Call for more carers in Cumbria

Recruitment fairs are being held across Cumbria in a bid to attract more people into a career in social care.

With one in three toddlers now expected to live until they're 100, the county's health care sector is preparing for an increase in demand in the future.

Care Sector Alliance Cumbria, which comprises over 200 charitable and private organisations providing social care and support in the county, has organised the fairs to inform people about job and volunteering opportunities as well as giving them the chance to talk to care organisations, get careers advice and job application tips.

In Cumbria, a third of the population is forecast to be aged 65 or older by 2037, significantly higher than the average for England.

Recruitment fairs have been held in Carlisle, Kendal, Barrow and Workington and there's an event taking place in Whitehaven today and Penrith tomorrow.

“A career in social care can be very worthwhile and rewarding, providing the opportunity to have a positive impact and help people to maximise their quality of life.”

– Sandy Armstrong, Care Sector Alliance Cumbria

WATCH: Lorry driver shortage

Long hours, unsociable shifts, training costs and a high demand for online goods - all factors which are leading to a growing shortage of lorry drivers both nationally and locally.

In Cumbria and the north east an extra 1,700 hundred drivers are needed. The Road Haulage Association says the situation is deteriorating fast with more and more companies struggling to recruit. Kate Walby reports.

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