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Two Separate Sellafield Strikes Begin

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THOUSANDS OF GMB SELLAFIELD AND ANCILLARY STAFF WILL WALK OUT TODAY IN TWO SEPARATE DISPUTES

All our members want is a pay offer which at least keeps up with inflation – so they can afford to put food on their families’ tables as inflation and the cost of living go up and up.

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has said thousands of Sellafield staff and ancillary staff employed by Mitie will walk out today in two separate strikes.

3,000 members directly employed by Sellafield Ltd will walk out again for 24 hours from 6.01am on Wednesday, November 29 until 5.59am on Thursday, November 30. [1]

This is the third time they have taken industrial action amid a long running pay dispute dating back to July.

In a separate dispute, around 300 staff employed by Mitie, some of the lowest paid workers on site, will strike from 06.01hrs on Wednesday, 29th November until 05.59 hours on Thursday, 30th November. [2]

Staff employed by Mitie - who undertake some of the dirtiest and hardest jobs on the site such as industrial cleaning, catering, business services and security - turned down a below inflation pay offer.

Members in both disputes will picket at the North Gate, Main Gate, Calder Gate, WAMAC Gate and Station Gate from the start of strike and throughout Wednesday at the Sellafield site in Cumbria. [3 note to editors about photo opportunities and interviews]

In addition - Sellafield Firefighters begin a separate 12 hour strike on Thursday, November 30. [4]

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

“Neither or Sellafield nor Mitie members want to take industrial action – but they have been left with no choice by their respective managements.

“All our members want is a pay offer which at least keeps up with inflation – so they can afford to put food on their families’ tables as inflation and the cost of living go up and up.

“We urge Sellafield and Mitie to get round the table and negotiate a fair deal for everyone.”

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] 3,000 GMB SELLAFIELD MEMBERS WILL WALK OUT AGAIN AFTER TALKS FAIL TO DELIVER A NEW OFFER THAT MEETS WORKFORCE ASPIRATIONS

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

GMB members are seeking a decent pay increase that makes up for some of the ground they have lost over recent years when pay rises have failed as a whole to keep up with inflation says GMB.

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

[2] GMB MEMBERS EMPLOYED AS ANCILLARY STAFF BY CONTRACTOR MITIE AT SELLAFIELD TO STRIKE AFTER MANAGEMENT OFFER REAL TERMS PAY CUT

It is simply wrong that people doing hard, dirty and difficult graft at the sharp end on a nuclear plant should be in receipt of pay rates which many then have to supplement with in-work benefits says GMB.

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

[3] Picketing will take place at the site’s North Gate, Main Gate and Calder Gate from the start of strike and throughout Wednesday. For photos and interviews, contact Chris Jukes on 07870 176733

[4] GMB SELLAFIELD FIREFIGHTERS TO STRIKE AGAIN AFTER MANAGEMENT’S £4.30 PAY OFFER

Firefighters’ job has been re-evaluated by three separate individual professionals, all recommending an increase in pay, but Sellafield management have repeatedly ignored the work they commissioned says GMB.

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

Previous press releases:

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

Sellafield Strike Ballot Opens

Monday, August 14, 2017

The work carried out by GMB members at Sellafield is vital to the safe and efficient functioning of the UK's nuclear sector, including the generation of electricity for homes and industry says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-ballot-opens

GMB To Ballot 3,000 Sellafield Members For Strike Action

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

With Sellafield refusing to meet us, GMB has little alternative than to ask our members if they wish to take strike action to achieve a fair pay offer says GMB.

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

GMB's 3,000 Sellafield Members Will Strike On Wednesday, 27th September 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Despite repeated requests by ourselves to try and get Sellafield Management to come to the table to talk, it is clear that Sellafield seem intent on being intransigent says GMB.

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

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