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Sellafield workers walk out in pay dispute strike

Sellafield nuclear site Credit: ITV Border

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear site are staging a 24-hour strike in a dispute over pay.

More than 1,000 members of the Unite union walked out at 6am this morning in protest at a 1.5% imposed wage increase.

The union accused the company of adopting a "hardline" attitude, orchestrated by the "unseen hand" of the Government.

Regional officer Graham Williams warned that further industrial action could be taken in the run-up to Christmas.

A Sellafield spokesman said: "As always, the safety and security of the Sellafield site, our workforce and the community are our priorities during this industrial action.

"We are working with Cumbria Police and Cumbria County Council's Highways team to try to minimise disruption.

"However, strikes by their nature are designed to cause disruption and people should expect traffic problems while pickets are in place.

"We have taken all steps available to us to minimise disruption including opening all access gates and advising staff on steps they can take to help."

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University of Cumbria staff go on strike

Exams will not be affected according to staff Credit: ITV Border

Staff at the University of Cumbria are walking out today as part of a wave of nationwide strike action in a row over pay and conditions.

The dispute comes after a pay rise offer of just over one per cent from the university's governing body.

According to the university, the strike will not affect exams during the one-day walkout.

Junior doctors on strike in Cumbria

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A number of junior doctors in Cumbria are taking part in a national 48-hour strike.

It's the latest in an ongoing row with the government over new contracts, however, the local NHS board say that very few patients will be affected.

"We have already seen our contingency plans tested by strike action by Junior Doctors. Our first priority is patient safety and we can reassure the public that all NHS organisations in Cumbria have tried and tested plans in place. “As ever, we would urge people using NHS services to ‘help us to help you’ by using the right service for your needs. A+E is for serious and life threatening injuries and conditions.”

– Dr David Rogers, NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group

Fight for 1% pay award for NHS staff

Workers represented by six unions were involved in the four hour stoppage this morning. They are fighting for a 1% pay award for all NHS staff. Urgent and emergency care was unaffected - unions say that some appointments and operations were disrupted.

Kim Inglis reports

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