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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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Sellafield prepare for strike action

They'll be protesting against a below-inflation pay rise Credit: ITV Border

Management at Sellafield say they're finalising arrangements to ensure the safety of the nuclear site when workers go on strike.

Members of the GMB union at the plant have voted to walk out in a dispute over pay. They'll be protesting against a below-inflation pay rise. No date has been set for the industrial action.

We believe that a no-strings attached 1.5% pay increase is both fair and reasonable. We made that offer based on company affordability, and it was accepted by the Prospect Union which has collective bargaining rights for the largest group of our workforce.

The GMB represents around 2,000 of our 10,500 strong workforce. Clearly, we are disappointed at the GMB’s ballot result, and will now start to finalise our arrangements to ensure that the site remains safe and secure during any subsequent action."

– Sellafield Ltd statement

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Head of Cumbria Police dog unit to retire after 25 years

Sgt Yielder joined the dog section 25 years ago Credit: Cumbria Police

Sergeant Mark Yielder and his police dog, Uno, will be leaving Cumbria Police Department for the last time next week.

After joining Cumbria Police 30 years ago today, 19 July, Sgt Yielder worked in Barrow and Wigton before reaching his dream of becoming a dog handler.

Describing it as the ‘most special job in the world’, Sgt Yielder joined the dog section 25 years ago, becoming the Sergeant in 2007.

I’ve had the most amazing career at Cumbria Police and am so proud to have served with each and every handler and dog that I’ve worked with.”

– Sergeant Mark Yielder, Cumbria Police

Sellafield workers return to work

Sellafield Credit: PA

Hundreds of Sellafield contractors have returned to work following a walk-out last week.

The 1,100 contractors were angered by the state of a changing room on the nuclear site.

The Unite union now says that "it's confident" those issues can be resolved during talks this week.

Sellafield says it's will work with the union to address their concerns.

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