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Last Ditch Talks To Avert Sellafield Firefighters' Strike

Wednesday, June 28, 2017



Sellafield's Firefighters are considered to be among the best in the country, yet this is not reflected in the grading of their pay.

GMB is to meet senior management at Sellafield Limited for last ditch talks in an attempt to avert a planned strike among Sellafield’s firefighters.

The talks at the Sellafield site will take place at 1pm on Friday, 30th June 2017.

GMB members voted two to one in favour of a series of 24 hour strikes starting in July.

The dispute over pay grading has been going on for several years – during which time the firefighters have been performing roles above and beyond what they are paid to do – such as paramedic work.

Now talks have completely broken down.

Firefighters at Sellafield are considered by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to be among the best in the country.

Crews at Sellafield work in a fully–fledged firefighter role to keep the 10,000 plus workers on site safe.

They are ready to respond immediately to fires and other emergencies – which is vital given the potentially hazardous nature of work on the Sellafield site.

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

“GMB’s Sellafield firefighters have reached the end of their tether after years of working above and beyond their paid role.

“We are now at the point of last ditch talks if a strike on the site is to be averted.

"The role firefighters carry out is absolutely essential to the safety of those who work on the Sellafield site and the wider public for miles around.

“Sellafield's firefighters are considered to be among the best in the country, yet this is not reflected in the grading of their pay.

“Quite simply, the firefighters are seeing their terms and conditions go up in flames.

“No one wants to take industrial action, but the pig-headed attitude of Sellafield's management, and their unfair application of the job evaluation scheme, has left GMB members with no alternative but to stand up for themselves.

“We urge Sellafield Ltd to get round the table with a decent offer on Friday so we can move forward without the need for strikes.”


Contact: Chris Jukes on 078710 176733 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at 

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