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Unions threaten industrial action at Hinkley Point

Unions are threatening industrial action Photo: PA

The country's largest unions are threatening industrial action over a dispute over bonus pay which could see delays to the new construction at Hinkley Point.

Unite and the GMB say their workers are unhappy about the bonus pay rate offered for civil works that is currently being offered by the BYLOR consortium (made up of the French company Bouygues TP and Laing O’Rourke). They warn that the pay is insufficient to attract the quality of workers needed to make sure the work is completed on time.

The unions are planning to ballot their members - including 700 workers - between 2-5th May in order to test whether they want to call for an industrial ballot.

Unions are unhappy about bonus pay rates Credit: PA

“The scheme has already been plagued by delays over its financing and can’t afford any further interruptions. “We would urge the employers to get back around the table with senior union officials to achieve a fair settlement, so building can continue to the highest standard, safely and on schedule.”

– Rob Miguel, Unite

“The employers think they can do this ‘on the cheap’ by offering a derisory bonus rate, but the workers consider it to be completely inadequate to attract and hold onto the skilled workforce necessary.”

– Tim Morris, Unite

“GMB members are not prepared to accept this derisory offer on bonus payments that also threatens health and safety standards on site.”

– Adie Baker, GMB