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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.


Sellafield firefighter strike suspended

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Strike action by firefighters at Sellafield nuclear plant has been suspended, following an improved pay offer.

The GMB union has suspended the upcoming strikes on July 24 and July 31, after talks with Sellafield Ltd. management led to an improved pay offer.

Members will now be balloted on the improved offer.

The dispute over pay had been unresolved for years, with last ditch talks taking place between the union and Sellafield Ltd. management earlier this month - where strike action was confirmed.

“Last ditch talks this morning with Sellafield Ltd led to a significantly improved offer being tabled by the company which will now be put to GMB members.

“The planned strike action has therefore been postponed.

“GMB will now ballot members on the new deal as soon as possible.”

– Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser

"The talks were positive, and as a result we have been able to make significant progress towards finding a resolution.

"The GMB are going back to ballot the firefighters and have suspended the strike action that was planned for both Monday July 24th and Monday July 31st.

"This means that the site will continue to operate as normal on Monday.”

– Statement from Sellafield Ltd.


Union rejects Sellafield proposals over firefighter strike

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Union reps have rejected proposals from Sellafield Limited over a series of planned 24 hour strikes by its firefighters, at a meeting today.

The management put forward a new proposal but the GMB workers union rejected it because 'it didn't go far enough'.

The management of Sellafield Ltd. have gone some way towards addressing our concerns.

"But their new proposals have already been rejected by our members for not going far enough.

"The meeting has been adjourned until late next week when we hope an agreement can be reached, before the deadline for strike action in July."

– Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser

We met today with the representatives from the GMB to discuss the ballot At the meeting there was a positive dialogue and an honest exchange of views. We tabled a proposal, and received a counter-proposal. Both parties agreed to take these away for careful consideration, with a meeting scheduled for next Thursday. "In the meantime, the Sellafield site continues to operate safely and securely, as normal.

– Sellafield statement
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