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New nuclear waste machine arrives at Sellafield

It was transferred through Beckermet. Credit: ITV Border

Part of a machine which will play a crucial role cleaning up the most hazardous building at Sellafield has arrived on site.

The 50-tonne component was transferred three miles by road from Beckermet.

It will retrieve radioactive waste from the Magnox Swarf Storage facility.

Sellafield strikes end in sight

Sellafield Credit: ITV Border

A trade union representing construction workers at Sellafield says it has secured a deal to end a long-running health and safety dispute that led to a series of strikes.

Unite announced that Sellafield Ltd and sub-contractor companies have dropped their objection to a having a full time union official on site.


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.

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