Dounreay nuclear workers vote to strike

Posted by Jon Parker-Dean
Tuesday 16 April 2024
GMB Trade Union - Dounreay nuclear workers vote to strike

Workers at Dounreay nuclear power complex have voted to strike

Members of GMB Scotland overwhelmingly backed industrial action including strikes, working to rule, and an overtime ban after a pay offer was rejected.

A strike ballot with 85% turnout revealed a crushing majority of GMB members backed industrial action after more than a year of talks with management at the Caithness site failed to find agreement. Other unions, Unite and Prospect, are also balloting members.

Keir Greenaway, GMB Scotland senior organiser, said:

 “Given the economic situation, our members have not been offered a pay rise at all but a real terms pay cut.

“Managers insist they are bound by civil service rules but apparently can pick and choose which rules to follow. They seem far more relaxed when it comes to their own pay, for example.”

Dounreay joined Magnox Ltd last year and then became part of Nuclear Restoration Services, which is responsible for the clean-up of the Caithness site and 11 others across the UK.

Magnox, currently trading as Nuclear Restoration Services, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority. The site is due to be cleaned up by 2033.

GMB Scotland members work in a wide-range of roles across the plant and Lesley-Anne MacAskill, the union's organiser in the Highlands, said they need a fair offer not more negotiations.

She said: “For more than a year, our members have heard plenty of warm words and excuses but excuses do not pay their bills.

“They need a fair pay offer and the overwhelming support for industrial action revealed in this ballot clearly shows they will do whatever is necessary to secure one.”

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