Power station jobs protest

Ferrybridge Power Station Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Unemployed construction workers and union activists from West Yorkshire are staging a protest this morning outside the Ferrybridge power station.

The unemployed workers are angry that they have not been given the opportunity to get jobs on the site even though they claim there are significant job opportunities in an area which is in need of regeneration and community support.

A new multifuels project is being built at Ferrybridge but Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has contracted work out to employers who are not taking on local workers.

Unite regional officer, Chris Weldon said: "There are over 300 CVs of unemployed local workers who live within 35 miles of the site on a database at Ferrybridge. They are ready to work and they have got the skills but they are being overlooked.

"We are protesting today to demand that workers whether local or not are treated fairly and that means getting the opportunity to apply for work and being treated equally. Ferrybridge is an important project for the local economy so it is outrageous that local workers are being excluded."