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.
Workers at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE plc) in Berkshire have started a 48-hour strike this morning.
Six hundred employees, members of Unite, have walked out of the company's Aldermaston and Burghfield sites in a dispute over pensions.
It's their second 48-hour strike this month.
More to follow.
A month of demonstrations are due to begin at the Atomic Weapons Establishment in Berkshire today.
Peace group Trident Ploughshares along with other demonstrators will attempt to disrupt operations at AWE's Burghfield site. Thames Valley Police have set up a special Twitter account to provide the public with information about the protests and any disruptions to roads or transport links. in the area.
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.
Ms Valerie Hincks, AWE's, Senior Manager of Media and Public Affairs, said: "Following the conclusion today of the hearing, AWE plc notes and accepts the judge’s decision and remarks.
"We reiterate our regret that the fire occurred and that a member of our staff was injured.
"We have worked hard to implement our investigation’s recommendations as well as those made by the HSE.
"HSE has acknowledged AWE is now one of the best in class with regard to the response to some of the specific actions, and its overall assessment has positioned us as ‘amongst the best in the UK.
"We will continue to work with the HSE to implement continuous improvements in specific areas."
After sentencing HSE inspector Dave Norman said: “The fire could have caused multiple casualties and it was entirely preventable had better control systems been in place.
“The failure to instigate such controls was dependent on AWE identifying potential hazards and risks, all of which were well documented, but that simply did not happen.
“Companies working with hazardous substances must take extreme care at all times and in all aspects of their operations.”
The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) in Aldermaston will be sentenced later today over a fire which injured on of its workers. This archive report by Kate Bunkall outlines the background of the case.
The Atomic Weapons Establishment in Aldermaston will be sentenced today after it admitted safety breaches relating to a major fire at its Berkshire base.
In a prosecution brought by the Health & Safety Executive, the AWE admitted one charge of not ensuring the safety of employees.
One worker suffered burns to his face and arm in the fire which broke out in the building where explosives were being manufactured, in August 2010.
An atomic weapons plant has been accused of failing to protect its staff during a fire at the Berkshire base three years ago.
In a prosecution brought by the Health & Safety Executive, the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston today pleaded guilty to one charge of not ensuring the safety of employees.
One worker suffered burns to his face and arm in the fire which broke out in the building where explosives were being manufactured, in August 2010. Kate Bunkall sent this report from Reading Crown Court.