Strike threat averted at Hinkley Point

Artist's impression issued by EDF of plans for the  Hinkley Point C nuclear power station
Artist's impression issued by EDF of plans for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station

The threat of strikes by workers building the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point has been averted after an improved pay deal was accepted.

Unite and the GMB had been preparing for industrial action because of a long-running pay dispute at the site involving the main contractor Bylor and French energy giant EDF which will run the power station.

Unions said that under the revised offer, workers will be paid up to 36% above construction industry rates.

Unite regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “This is a landmark agreement which will now set the benchmark for pay rates on flagship construction projects throughout the UK.”

GMB regional officer Adie Baker said: “GMB members can concentrate on the future now this long-running dispute, which had threatened to disrupt progress on the project, has been resolved.”

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