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Cheshire Firefighters Strike Over Job Losses

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Cheshire Firefighters To Strike Next Week Over Job Losses

These GMB members who provide a professional service are outraged that they are being treated this way says GMB

GMB members employed by Babcock Fire Critical Services at the Urenco Capenhurst Nuclear enrichment site have voted to strike next week over job losses and cuts to terms and conditions.

The ballot result had a full turnout with 88% voting to take strike action. The 25 hour strike will be held on Wednesday 26 October beginning at 6am and will continue until 7am on Thursday 27 October.

The 25 workers at the site have been told that front line defence is no longer required at Capenhurst and consequently that they are no longer needed. Workers have been informed that they are to be made redundant and the company has asked them to indicate if they are interested in applying for a new role on inferior terms.

The firefighters provide a full response and rescue service at the Urenco UK Nuclear Site at Capenhurst in Cheshire, protecting workers and the local community in the event of fire or hazardous toxic release.

Albie McGuigan, GMB regional organiser, said:

“The GMB members who provide a professional service to protect the safety of the Capenhurst site workforce and the surrounding community are outraged that they are being treated this way.

“They feel that all of their concerns are being ignored and this needless redundancy is an excuse to terminate jobs that have good, long standing pay terms and conditions and replace them with lower skilled jobs on inferior terms.”

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Contact: Albie McGuigan on 07860 593479 or GMB press office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

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