Sellafield workers prepare for industrial strike

Sellafield workers are getting ready to hold an industrial action ballot in a dispute over pay.

Unite and GMB members in the nuclear reprocessing plant will hold the ballot over a 1.5 percent payoffer that’s been enforced by management.

GMB intends to ballot its 3,000 members, asserting Sellafield has ignored repeated requests for talks. Its ballot starts on Monday, August 14 and will close on Monday.

Unite’s shop stewards decided at a meeting last Friday to proceed with the union’s 2,000 members’ ballot in the site. Members can anticipate ballot papers to drop onto their doormats.

“Last year’s pay award was one per cent, but members agreed to take only 0.25 per cent so as to maintain existing apprentices in an agreed rate.

“Low pay awards have been the order of the day for a while in Sellafield with the well-founded suspicion that this award dovetails with the government’s unpleasant cover restraint policies.

Even though GMB senior organiser Chris Jukes said: “GMB members in Sellafield Ltd reluctantly voted by nine to one to deny the organization’s pay offer.

“GMB’s continued requests for additional talks are ignored and the firm has rather said it will impose its under inflation pay increase.

“With Sellafield Struggling to fulfill us, GMB has little choice than to ask our members if they desire to take strike action to attain a reasonable pay offer.

“Last year, Sellafield employees received only 0.25 percent extra in their paychecks, this season’s supply of 1.5 percent is far below inflation again and would signify that yet another real terms pay cut for our hardworking Sellafield members after inflation was taken into consideration.

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