Up to 600 workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Berkshire are on strike today in a continuing dispute over changes to their pensions.
Members of the Unite union from the sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield will join colleagues from across the country protesting at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall. They say they stand to lose thousands of pounds in retirement income.
The firm's defined benefit pension scheme was closed on 31 January 2017.
Bosses at the Atomic weapons establishment sites at Aldermaston and Burghfield will meet with the union Prospect later to discuss plans to cut hundreds of jobs.
It was announced on Thursday that five hundred posts at AWE will be lost in a bid to streamline operations. It's the first meeting since the announcement was made.
The shock decision to cut 500 jobs at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire is more about private companies making bigger profits than cutting public services to repay the country's debts.
That's the conclusion of the independent Nuclear Information Service pressure group. It says a partnership should be set up between local councils, trade unions, and the Ministry of Defence to plan ways of diversifying work at AWE. It claims jobs could be protected without building new nuclear weapons. Trade unions are meeting on Monday to discuss the situation.
The Atomic Weapons Establishment is planning 500 job losses.
The company issued a statement a short time ago: "The changes will maintain and enhance the core stockpile, production and capital investment projects with safety, security and quality remaining central to all our operations. These focus on improving and streamlining ways of working, investing in the capability of our people whilst reshaping and rebalancing our resources with all roles contributing directly to programme delivery.
"While the company is committed to avoiding compulsory redundancies where possible, a reduction of roles in some areas and an increase in others is required to ensure long-term efficiencies while meeting overall programme requirements.
"The welfare of our staff is our main concern and we will be doing everything we can to support them throughout the process.
"As a result, the organisation is proposing to reduce the number of roles in some support functions and activities of the business where this is appropriate, with a reduction of around 500 roles across the organisation."
A couple from Berkshire are vowing to rebuild their business - after an employee stole more than £90,000 from them.
Joanne Jordan - who worked at the wedding venue at the Old Mill, in Aldermaston, has been jailed for her crime.
But her former bosses have told Meridian they're still coming to terms with their huge loss. Mel Bloor reports.
Secretary at the Old Mill wedding venue in Aldermaston stole nearly £90,000 from owners of the venue.
The owners of the Old Mill, Robin and Diane Arlott, say they were devastated at how their secretary was stealing from their business.
AWE, the Atomic Weapons Establishment is preparing to celebrate national apprenticeship week. The company has a long tradition of running a apprenticeship schemes.
The event is part of the eighth annual National Apprenticeship Week, which is co-ordinated by the National Apprenticeship Service and designed to celebrate apprenticeships and the positive impact they have on individuals, businesses and the economy.
AWE has had been running apprenticeship schemes for over 60 years. Currently, 11% of its workforce is made up of former apprentices.
Rob Cottrell, AWE’s Skills Academy Manager, said: “Apprenticeships allow AWE to grow its own talent pool by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce and many of our former apprentices have worked their way up through the company to senior leadership positions.”
Fire fighters rescued a woman from a mobile home fire in West Berkshire during the early hours.
Crews from Hampshire and Berkshire were called to Ravenswing Caravan Park at 3am. They found a heavily smoke-logged property and rescued the woman found inside.
She was carried to safety by fire fighters in breathing apparatus and treated at the scene by fire fighters and paramedics before being taken to hospital. She is in a serious but stable condition.
Trevor Ferguson, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Deputy Chief Fire Officer, said: 'The cause of the fire isn’t yet known and a specialist fire investigation officer will be working with police forensic teams to determine this.
'I’d like to thank the fire fighters and paramedics who attended for their hard work, they did an excellent job. Our thoughts are with the lady who was injured and we wish her a speedy recovery.'
About 300 protesters in Berkshire have been demonstrating against replacing the UK's Trident nuclear weapons system.
A seven-mile "peace scarf", which took eight months to knit, was stretched from the Atomic Weapons Establishments in Aldermaston to Burghfield.
Police closed several roads for about five minutes at 1pm to enable all of the pieces of material to be connected for the whole seven-mile distance.
The sites in Aldermaston and Burghfield provide the warheads for the submarine-launched missile system.