Sellafield staff to strike over ‘derisory pay offer’

Energy Voice

Workers at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant are to stage a fresh strike in a dispute over pay.

Members of Unite will walk out on November 22 following a stoppage on Tuesday, in protest at an imposed 1.5% wage increase.

Unite, which represents more than 1,100 craft workers at the Cumbria plant, claimed that government ministers were “hampering” the Sellafield management from reaching a settlement.

Regional officer Graham Williams said more industrial action could be held in the run up to Christmas if the dispute remained unresolved.

He said: “Unite has consistently stated that a pay deal is being obstructed by the invisible hand of ministers.

“The Sellafield management needs to assert themselves and remove this roadblock to a pay deal.

“Our members are highly skilled professionals who have greatly contributed to making large savings at Sellafield and they have been repaid by a derisory pay offer lagging way behind the rising level of inflation.”

Unite said it would maintain a skeleton staff during the strike.