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Sellafield firefighters vote for strike action

Sellafield nuclear power plant Credit: PA

Firefighters at Sellafield have voted for a series of 24 hour strikes in a dispute over pay and the grading of the role.

The GMB union said its members voted two to one to take the action.

They are due to hold talks with Sellafield bosses next week in an attempt to resolve their on-going issues, which may avert the strikes.

Members have expressed utter frustration to us at the way that the company has treated them and indeed it certainly appears that this has been taking place for many years.

Taking industrial action is a last resort to any worker and is a sign of them having no other option due to management action.

The firefighters do a vitally important job and they feel completely taken advantage of by management, relying on doing work over and above what they are paid for. It is sinful that this highly skilled group of workers have been put in this position.

The result is that they have turned out in large numbers to express their view and in so doing delivered a strong mandate for industrial action. The firefighters at Sellafield deserve better than this.

– Chris Jukes, GMB senior organiser for Sellafield


Union reaction to Remploy closures

Unions have reacted with anger at the news that a number of Remploy factories are to close, including the one in Cleator Moor.

The Union announced recently they will be holding strike action against the decision.

GMB is very angry with the government’s confirmation today that it will close 27 Remploy factories in the first wave by December with the rest to follow shortly afterwards. To close these factories that employs disabled people in the present economic climate is a sentence to life of unemployment and poverty.