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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

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New Sellafield owners take over clean up operation

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has taken over the running of the Sellafield site's clean up operation in a non-commercial contract.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has taken over the running of the site from today. Credit: British Nuclear Group/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The site had been owned by private sector consortium Nuclear Management Partners (NMP) which was previously criticised for large overspends and long delays.

The change will allow Sellafield Ltd to progress its hazard and risk reduction and decommissioning, in order to deliver it more efficiently.

Sellafield guarantees work for Cumbrians during decommissioning process

Cumbrian workers will be given priority in the decommissioning process Credit: PA Images

Sellafield has announced a deal guaranteeing jobs for local people during the decommissioning of the nuclear site.

The agreement has been signed between Sellafield Ltd and a series companies involved in the decommissioning process.

Among the promises made by the firms:

  • A 'local first' approach to recruitment, with one consortium aiming for 95% of its work carried out by Cumbrian staff
  • 150 jobs for what are described as 'under-represented or disadvantaged' people
  • Up to 240 new apprenticeships over 10 years
  • Training and business mentoring

Sellafield Ltd says these commitments will be written into the contracts of the organisations carrying out the decommissioning.

It suggests that more than a thousand jobs a year could be created or supported during the ten years of the decommissioning contracts.

Our first priority will always be the safe, secure and cost-effective clean-up of Sellafield.

But alongside that is a commitment to help deliver a long-term, sustainable economic future for our local community.

– Paul Foster, Managing Director, Sellafield Ltd

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Safety hat trick for Sellafield team

The Evaporator D project team. Credit: Sellafield Ltd

A team from Sellafield Ltd are celebrating a million hours without an employee injuring themselves.

It is the third time the team has reached a million hours without an employee accident which would result in the person having to take a day off work.

Project manager Dan Priebe says it is a 'significant achievement'. The team have spent 12 months working on the delivery and installation of 'the largest module ever to be delivered to the Sellafield site, the massive Evaporator module'.

Dan Priebe went on to say, 'this is clear demonstration of the team’s commitment to maintaining our impressive safety standards and reflects well on the continued success of a strong safety culture throughout the year.'

Sellafield Ltd accept judgement

Sellafield Ltd have said they 'regret' dumping five bags of low level radio active waste at a landfill site at Workington and that they 'accept responsibility' for the incident.

Today the company lost their high court appeal against a £700,000 fine imposed last year.

We regret this incident and accept our responsibility for what happened. We have strengthened our procedures and must now continue our focus on the safe and secure running of the Sellafield Site.

"We are pleased to see the Court’s recognition that there was no actual harm and indeed a very low risk of harm.

" We are also pleased to see his comment that we made guilty pleas at the first available opportunity, the very considerable cooperation that Sellafield Ltd displayed after the discovery of the failures and that both these factors deserve very considerable credit..."

– Sellafield Ltd spokesperson
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