GMB Cheshire protest on Wednesday 20th February over refusal to apply national agreement for engineering construction (NAECI) to nuclear site
Project planned was to be category 1 status under NAECI but Urenco and Jacobs claim the job is not large enough so national agreement is not required which is an excuse says GMB
GMB, the union for engineering construction, is organizing a demonstration on 20th Feb outside a construction engineering site in Cheshire in protest at Urenco and Jacob seeking to take the site outside the scope of the national agreement for engineering construction industry (NAECI).
Since November 2012, both GMB and Unite have had meetings with Jacobs and Urenco to secure agreement that the Tails Management Facility( TMF) construction project be confirmed as a category 1 under NAECI terms and conditions.
This TMF project has been planned on the NJC communications for a number of years as a category 1 project. However, it is now evident that Jacobs and Urenco have no intention of building the project under the NAECI terms and conditions.
The details of the protest are as follows:
From 6.00am Wednesday 20 Feb 2012
Outside Urenco site
At Capenhurst Works
near Capenhurst railway station
For background in November 2012 the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) completed the transfer of its Capenhurst site to Urenco subsidiary Capenhurst Nuclear Services (CNS).
CNS took ownership of the NDA portion of the site, combining it with the adjacent Urenco-owned site to create one nuclear licensed site. The transition started in December 2011, when the NDA signed agreements with Urenco.
Activities formerly carried out by NDA at Capenhurst were transferred to CNS. This included decommissioning and storage operations, as well as the processing of government-owned by-product/legacy material from uranium enrichment through Urenco's Tails Management Facility ( TMF). This construction project has been planned for a number of years and was always planned to be NAECI category 1 status. The new owners have now gone back on this.
Albie McGuigan GMB regional Officer said "Urenco at Capenhurst is a nuclear site. Urenco with contractor Jacobs have undertook a major engineering construction project on the TMF plant. This has been planned for a number of years and was always planned to be NAECI category 1 status.
Urenco and Jacobs are now claiming the job is not large enough to deserve the full status and therefore NAECI agreement is not required. GMB believe this a determined effort by both to undermine the terms and conditions of the engineering construction national agreement. The national agreement has set out terms and conditions for over 30 years. GMB call on construction workers to defend NAECI robustly with as many protests as needed. This is the first one planned."
Contact: Albie McGuigan on 0151 727 0077 or Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 or GMB press office 07921 289880