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Sellafield Firefighters to Strike Again

Monday, November 27, 2017

 

GMB SELLAFIELD FIREFIGHTERS TO STRIKE AGAIN AFTER MANAGEMENT’S £4.30 PAY OFFER

Firefighters’ job has been re-evaluated by three separate individual professionals, all recommending an increase in pay, but Sellafield management have repeatedly ignored the work they commissioned says GMB.

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has said that Sellafield Firefighters will strike again after the workforce rejected an offer of an extra £4.30 a week. The job done by firefighters at Sellafield has been re-evaluated by three separate individual professionals, all recommending an increase, but Sellafield management have repeatedly ignored the work they commissioned.

The firefighters, who do a difficult and dangerous job, acting as paramedics for the site alongside their role in responding to fires, will stage a third 12 hour strike on Thursday, 30 November from 06.00 hours until 18.00 hours.

Negotiations have taken place to try and resolve matters since this dispute arose in the summer of 2017 resulting in an offer from Sellafield management of just £4.30 extra per week to provide back up support to the police and the military in the event of a terrorist attack or other catastrophic incident.

Previous strike dates were called, then suspended to allow for talks however these proved fruitless and the strike went ahead in October on two separate days. [1]

In separate disputes 3,000 Sellafield staff [2] and staff employed at the site by contractor Mitie will strike on the same day as the firefighters

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

"Sellafield has offered the firefighters an extra £4.30 net a week in return for providing back up support to the police and the military in the event of a terrorist attack or other catastrophic incident.

“This dispute has always been about the pay and grade of the Firefighter's role and GMB members feel insulted by being offered so little for such vital and potentially dangerous work.

“The Firefighter's job has been re-evaluated by three separate individual professionals, all recommending an increase, but Sellafield management have repeatedly ignored the work they commissioned and refuse to pay what is fair and reasonable.

"The situation on site has been compounded after GMB received allegations of Sellafield Management threatening Firefighters with dismissal and outsourcing of their jobs.

“The negotiating team from Sellafield seems incapable of actually negotiating - talking to them is like trying to plant fog - and it is a case of one step forward and three steps back as they seem bereft of ideas and incapable of simple communications or negotiating in good faith."

ENDS

Contact: Chris Jukes on 07870 176733 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors:

[1] GMB Accuses Sellafield Management of Intimidation Ahead of Second Firefighters' Strike

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sellafield management’s campaign of intimidation is not helping negotiations and is making matters significantly worse says GMB.

[2] 3,000 GMB SELLAFIELD MEMBERS WILL WALK OUT AGAIN AFTER TALKS FAIL TO DELIVER A NEW OFFER THAT MEETS WORKFORCE ASPIRATIONS

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

GMB members are seeking a decent pay increase that makes up for some of the ground they have lost over recent years when pay rises have failed as a whole to keep up with inflation says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/new-sellafield-strike

Previous press releases:

Sellafield Firefighters Begin Strike Over Working Pay and Conditions

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Walkout is a response to Sellafield management’s broken promises, says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters-begin-strike

Sellafield Firefighters' Strike Back On Monday 9 October 2017

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has announced two 12-and-a-half hour strikes by firefighters at Sellafield will go ahead later this month in a dispute over pay after Sellafield management failed to keep promises made in July to settle the dispute.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters-strike-on

GMB Members Employed by Sellafield Limited in Cumbria to Strike Tomorrow in Dispute Over Pay

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Members just want a fair pay rise, an end to the upstairs downstairs culture and a leadership that can deliver vision, growth and jobs for Sellafield and the surrounding areas says GMB

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-strike-tomorrow

GMB Sellafield Workers Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Strike Action

Monday, September 4, 2017

Our members have had enough of the Company imposing their pay upon them, it is no surprise they have voted by more than 3 to 1 to strike says GMB

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/archive/sellafield-workers-vote-overwhelmingly-for-strike-action.html

Sellafield Firefighters To Strike For Second Day

Monday, July 17, 2017

The dispute around Firefighters working at Sellafield Ltd in West Cumbria has escalated. A first strike is already called for Monday 24th July at 06.01 hours until Tuesday 25th July 2017 at 05.59 hours.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters-second-strike

Sellafield Firefighters To Strike on July 24

Monday, July 10, 2017

Like everyone else in the country who hasn't had pay rises that have kept pace with inflation, GMB's firefighter members at Sellafield need to pay the bills says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters/strike-date

First Ever Sellafield Firefighters' Strike

Thursday, July 6, 2017

GMB members are angry enough to have given a mandate for the earliest possible strike date.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/first-sellafield-firefighters-strike

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.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/sellafield-firefighters-strike

Last Ditch Talks to Avert Sellafield Firefighters’ Strike Adjourned until next Week

Friday, June 30, 2017

It will take an improved offer to settle this matter which has been unresolved for several years says GMB.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/firefighter-talks-adjourned
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