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Ferrybridge: All employees accounted for

At around 2pm today a serious incident occurred at SSE's Ferrybridge C power station in West Yorkshire.

The company's practised emergency response procedures have been activated. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service are in attendance and dealing with the incident with assistance from expert engineers on site. All employees have been accounted for.

– Statement SSE, Ferrybridge C

Statement: Ferrybridge power station protests

A construction firm has defended their hiring policy following a protest by unemployed workers at Ferrybridge power station over a lack of job opportunities at the site.

Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI), who have been contracted to carry out the building of a new plant, issued the following statement:

We are committed to using local labour and subcontractors where possible. HZI has been working in conjunction with UNITE and GMB unions...

HZI considers itself to be fully compliant with [current legislation] and is disappointed that a protest is taking place today. At present, around 80 % of total work force is UK based.

HZI will continue to work with union officials and with their representatives as well as politicians to maximise the local opportunities available.”

– Hitachi Zosen Inova

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Video: Ferrybridge power station protest

Unemployed workers have staged a protest at Ferrybridge power station over the lack of job opportunities at the site.

A new multifuels project is being built at Ferrybridge but Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has contracted work out to employers who are not taking on local workers.

Protester Pete Shaw says they will keep protesting until they are given a fair chance to get the jobs.

Power station jobs protest

Ferrybridge Power Station
Ferrybridge Power Station Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Unemployed construction workers and union activists from West Yorkshire are staging a protest this morning outside the Ferrybridge power station.

The unemployed workers are angry that they have not been given the opportunity to get jobs on the site even though they claim there are significant job opportunities in an area which is in need of regeneration and community support.

A new multifuels project is being built at Ferrybridge but Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has contracted work out to employers who are not taking on local workers.

Unite regional officer, Chris Weldon said: "There are over 300 CVs of unemployed local workers who live within 35 miles of the site on a database at Ferrybridge. They are ready to work and they have got the skills but they are being overlooked.

"We are protesting today to demand that workers whether local or not are treated fairly and that means getting the opportunity to apply for work and being treated equally. Ferrybridge is an important project for the local economy so it is outrageous that local workers are being excluded."

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