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Protest At Bio Mass Plant

Thursday, December 6, 2018



GMB members are furious after company attempt to bring in overseas labour and undercut local workers

GMB, the energy union, is staging a protest outside a bio mass plant in anger at the ‘betrayal’ of the local workforces.

The protest will take place as follows:

                        December 7, 2018 at 6am

Port Clarence Renewable Energy Plant

Hunstman Drive


Babcock, Wilcox Velund (BWV) is building a new bio mass construction project on North Tees and has awarded the thermal insulation contract to Thermika - a Polish company that has imported its own labour on the project on suspected lower terms and conditions than the national rates for the thermal insulation industry.

As BWV are not using thermal insulation engineers from this country, the only applied rate for the tradesman is the sustainable growth rate (SGR) which Thermika is paying.

GMB believes this is significantly lower than agreed thermal insulation industry rates.

GMB’s thermal Insulation members are furious at what they see as a betrayal of the local workforce.

GMB calls on Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen to back the campaign for employment opportunities for the local workforce.

Tom Allison, GMB Organiser, said:

“At a very precarious time for British construction and manufacturing it’s absolutely scandalous a firm can be allowed to bring it labour from overseas to undercut the local workforce.

“Thermika are trying to bury their heads in the sand and offer workers in North Tees crumbs from their table –and it’s not good enough.

“GMB is campaigning for the primary source for the workforce to be from the area and we call on Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen to stand up for the local workforce.”


Contact:  GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at 


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