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Sellafield prepare for strike action

They'll be protesting against a below-inflation pay rise Credit: ITV Border

Management at Sellafield say they're finalising arrangements to ensure the safety of the nuclear site when workers go on strike.

Members of the GMB union at the plant have voted to walk out in a dispute over pay. They'll be protesting against a below-inflation pay rise. No date has been set for the industrial action.

We believe that a no-strings attached 1.5% pay increase is both fair and reasonable. We made that offer based on company affordability, and it was accepted by the Prospect Union which has collective bargaining rights for the largest group of our workforce.

The GMB represents around 2,000 of our 10,500 strong workforce. Clearly, we are disappointed at the GMB’s ballot result, and will now start to finalise our arrangements to ensure that the site remains safe and secure during any subsequent action."

– Sellafield Ltd statement


Head of Cumbria Police dog unit to retire after 25 years

Sgt Yielder joined the dog section 25 years ago Credit: Cumbria Police

Sergeant Mark Yielder and his police dog, Uno, will be leaving Cumbria Police Department for the last time next week.

After joining Cumbria Police 30 years ago today, 19 July, Sgt Yielder worked in Barrow and Wigton before reaching his dream of becoming a dog handler.

Describing it as the ‘most special job in the world’, Sgt Yielder joined the dog section 25 years ago, becoming the Sergeant in 2007.

I’ve had the most amazing career at Cumbria Police and am so proud to have served with each and every handler and dog that I’ve worked with.”

– Sergeant Mark Yielder, Cumbria Police


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

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.

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