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Union to ballot 3,000 Sellafield workers for strike action

The strike ballot begins on Monday, 14th August 2017 Credit: PA

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, is balloting 3,000 members at Sellafield for strike action after the company ignored requests for further talks and said it would put in place a below-inflation pay offer.

Sellafield offered 1.5% in June which was rejected by 88% of GMB members on site during a consultative ballot. The Unite union is also balloting its 2,000 members at Sellafield.

The strike ballot begins on Monday, 14 August 2017 and will close on Monday, 4 September 2017.

Northern rail services disrupted as workers set to strike

The strike is part of an ongoing dispute on the role of Northern rail's train guards Credit: PA

Rail passengers in Cumbria are set to face further disruption with three days of industrial action planned.

RMT union workers are set to walkout from Friday 7 to Monday 10 July as part of an on-going dispute over Northern rail's plans to change the role of train guards.

Services along the Cumbrian coast and those between Carlisle and the north east will be affected.

Full updates on operating services over the period can be seen here.

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
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