GMB CALLS ON SELLAFIELD MANAGEMENT TO RE-OPEN TALKS AS STRIKE COMMITTEE PREPARES TO MEET TO DECIDE FIRST STRIKE DATE IN DISPUTE OVER PAY
Members are seeking a fair resolution, but in the absence of meaningful talks, the GMB Strike Committee will decide on Monday when in September the first strike will be says GMB
Members of GMB, the union for nuclear workers, working at Sellafield Limited in Cumbria have called on Sellafield management to re-open talks in the dispute over pay following the overwhelming decision to strike.
In correspondence sent on Tuesday of this week to Sellafield top management including the CEO of Sellafield Limited, Paul Foster, GMB Senior Organiser Chris Jukes said [ "The GMB is open to talks to resolve this dispute and avert any strike action and would ask if the Company is in a position to engage in meaningful talks to do likewise]. "We call on Sellafield Limited to reconsider its position in the light of the overwhelming decision by GMB's 2,600 members on site to strike. GMB remains available at anytime for meaningful negotiations" .
GMB's Sellafield Strike Committee will meet on Monday, 11th September at noon to decide the first date of strike action.
In the ballot that closed on Monday (4th September), 76% of ballot papers returned by GMB members supported strike action. The vote followed repeated requests for further talks by GMB which Sellafield Limited ignored, instead imposing a below-inflation pay offer of just 1.5%.
The Unite union is also due to ballot its 2,000 members at Sellafield.
Sellafield Ltd offered a 1.5% pay rise in June which was rejected by 88% of GMB members on site during a consultative ballot. The RPI inflation rate is currently 3.6%.
Last year, in order to stop Sellafield management from cutting the pay of apprentices, Sellafield workers accepted just 0.25% extra pay against annual RPI inflation for 2016 of 1.8%.
As part of government led changes to the pensions of nuclear workers, two thirds of Sellafield workers will also have to pay an extra 2 to 6% on their pensions contributions from next year.
Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser, said:
“Following the overwhelming vote by GMB members to take strike action, GMB has written to Sellafield Top Management including CEO Paul Foster calling for a re-opening of negotiations with a view to averting the need for our members to take strike action and resolving a dispute where the Company has imposed a pay deal on GMB and Unite members.
"Sellafield Management's macho attitude has got us to this point and rather than trying to run the Plant based on the size of their cojones, commonsense and compromise should be deployed.
GMB members are seeking a fair resolution, but in the absence of meaningful talks, the GMB Strike Committee will decide on Monday when in September the first strike will be.
"GMB has communicated with our members and we will make further announcements as soon as is practicable, but it takes two to tango and Sellafield appear unwilling to address what is a pay cut as it stands".
Contact: Chris Jukes on 07870 176733 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTES TO EDITORS
1) GMB SELLAFIELD WORKERS VOTE OVERWHELMINGLY IN FAVOUR OF STRIKE ACTION? (04/09/17)
2) GMB TO BALLOT 3,000 SELLAFIELD MEMBERS FOR STRIKE ACTION (08/08/17)