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Sellafield - Ballot over pay


AS WORKERS went to press, 2,000 Unite members at Sellafield, the nuclear reprocessing facility in Cumbria, were due to ballot over whether to take industrial action over pay.

Unite says the maintenance and operations staff have rejected an offer worth 2 per cent on pay with an extra potential 2 per cent efficiency bonus. It is now looking to coordinate possible industrial action with the Prospect union, which is also negotiating there over pay.

Unite regional officer Alan Westnedge, said, "This offer falls way below our members' expectations. We have no other alternative other than to ballot for industrial action. This is a pay cut in real terms and our members are already struggling to keep up with rising household bills and energy costs."