GMB Experts in the World of Work
Join GMB today
 Follow @GMB_union

GMB Accuses Sellafield Management of Intimidation Ahead of Second Firefighters' Strike

Thursday, October 19, 2017

 

Sellafield management’s campaign of intimidation is not helping negotiations and is making matters significantly worse says GMB.

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has accused Sellafield Management of intimidation ahead of the second firefighters strike today [October 19, 2017]

Firefighters are walking out between 6.00am and 6.30pm following in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions at Sellafield.

Ahead of the strike, GMB has accused Sellafield’s management on site of intimidation.

GMB says members have been told their jobs could potentially be outsourced and that striking firefighters could face the sack.

Today is the second day of industrial action after GMB’s Sellafield fire-fighter members walked out on Tuesday [October 17, 2017]. A strike in July was averted when GMB believed an agreement to resolve the dispute had been reached with Sellafield management.

Management then reneged on the deal.

Crews at Sellafield work in a fully–fledged fire-fighter role to keep the 10,000 plus workers on site safe, along with the surrounding communities.

They are ready to respond immediately to fires and other emergencies - including paramedic work - which is vital given the potentially hazardous nature of work on the Sellafield site.

In a separate dispute, 3,000 GMB members at Sellafield walked out on September 27. [1]

Unite the Union's 1,100 members at Sellafield have also voted to take strike action in the same dispute.

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

“Sellafield management’s campaign of intimidation of workers taking lawful industrial action is not helping negotiations and is making matters significantly worse.

“It’s disappointing to see such disregard for the vital work firefighters do.

“This is just like the aborted merger of Cumbria and Northumberland Fire Brigades earlier this decade, which councillors thankfully pulled the plug on, and which could have led to unnecessary job cuts.

“As ever, GMB remains ready to get round the table with Sellafield management, despite their broken promises.

“The Sellafield Firefighters have remained utterly professional throughout this difficult process.”

ENDS

Contact: Chris Jukes on 07870 176733 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] GMB Members Employed by Sellafield Limited in Cumbria to Strike Tomorrow in Dispute Over Pay

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Members just want a fair pay rise, an end to the upstairs downstairs culture and a leadership that can deliver vision, growth and jobs for Sellafield and the surrounding areas says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-strike-tomorrow

Previous press releases:

Sellafield Firefighters Begin Strike Over Working Pay and Conditions

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Walkout is a response to Sellafield management’s broken promises, says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters-begin-strike

Sellafield Firefighters' Strike Back On

Monday 9 October 2017

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has announced two 12-and-a-half hour strikes by firefighters at Sellafield will go ahead later this month in a dispute over pay after Sellafield management failed to keep promises made in July to settle the dispute.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters-strike-on

GMB Members Employed by Sellafield Limited in Cumbria to Strike Tomorrow in Dispute Over Pay

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Members just want a fair pay rise, an end to the upstairs downstairs culture and a leadership that can deliver vision, growth and jobs for Sellafield and the surrounding areas says GMB

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-strike-tomorrow

GMB Sellafield Workers Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Strike Action

Monday, September 4, 2017

Our members have had enough of the Company imposing their pay upon them, it is no surprise they have voted by more than 3 to 1 to strike says GMB

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/archive/sellafield-workers-vote-overwhelmingly-for-strike-action.html

Sellafield Firefighters To Strike For Second Day

Monday, July 17, 2017

The dispute around Firefighters working at Sellafield Ltd in West Cumbria has escalated. A first strike is already called for Monday 24th July at 06.01 hours until Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 05.59 hours.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters-second-strike

Sellafield Firefighters To Strike on July 24

Monday, July 10, 2017

Like everyone else in the country who hasn't had pay rises that have kept pace with inflation, GMB's firefighter members at Sellafield need to pay the bills says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters/strike-date

First Ever Sellafield Firefighters' Strike

Thursday, July 6, 2017

GMB members are angry enough to have given a mandate for the earliest possible strike date.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/first-sellafield-firefighters-strike

Last Ditch Talks To Avert Sellafield Firefighters' Strike

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sellafield's Firefighters are considered to be among the best in the country, yet this is not reflected in the grading of their pay.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters-strike

Last Ditch Talks to Avert Sellafield Firefighters’ Strike Adjourned until next Week

Friday, June 30, 2017

It will take an improved offer to settle this matter which has been unresolved for several years says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/firefighter-talks-adjourned

Share this page
+1