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Third strike planned by firefighters at Sellafield

The Sellafield site in west Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

Firefighters at Sellafield say they will stage a third 12 hour strike later this week.

They've rejected a pay offer which they say would have amounted to an increase of £4.30 a week.

Sellafield has previously said it was a "reasonable offer" and was "disappointed" it was rejected.

The strike, by members of the GMB union, is de to take place on Thursday from 6am to 6pm.

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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

Union to ballot 3,000 Sellafield workers for strike action

The strike ballot begins on Monday, 14th August 2017 Credit: PA

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, is balloting 3,000 members at Sellafield for strike action after the company ignored requests for further talks and said it would put in place a below-inflation pay offer.

Sellafield offered 1.5% in June which was rejected by 88% of GMB members on site during a consultative ballot. The Unite union is also balloting its 2,000 members at Sellafield.

The strike ballot begins on Monday, 14 August 2017 and will close on Monday, 4 September 2017.