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GMB Sellafield Firefighters Strike

Monday, January 22, 2018


This is the first time Sellafield Firefighters have been involved in an industrial dispute which shows the depth of their feeling and despair says GMB.

GMB, the union for Sellafield firefighters, has announced a 12 hour strike tomorrow [January 22, 2018] in a long running dispute in relation to the pay at Sellafield Nuclear Plant in West Cumbria.

The firefighters will take industrial action from 06.00 hrs until 18.00 hrs.

The strikes are the latest in the long-running dispute between the firefighters and Sellafield management. [See previous press releases for history of the dispute].

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. [1]

The firefighters do a difficult and dangerous job, acting as paramedics for the site alongside their role in responding to fires.

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. [2]

Chris Jukes, GMB Senior Organiser, said:

"We acknowledge Sellafield has made a new offer in December including on an allowance related to security and terrorism called a Marauding Terrorism Allownace, but it falls short of expectations and view expressed in negotiations.

"It seems that there needs to be a resolve to settle this dispute and make a further improved offer.

“The two sides are not miles apart, but it seems that there needs to be further local negotiations to reach a settled position.

"This is ultimately in the gift of Sellafield Ltd.

“GMB has said over and over again that it is willing to negotiate for as long as it takes to reach some kind of offer that is capable of potentially reaching a resolution to this dispute, even in the short term.

“We have also reiterated time and again our firefighters do not want to strike, it is not in their nature and indeed this is the first time Sellafield Firefighters have been involved in an industrial dispute.

"That shows in itself the depth of feeling and despair.

“We hope was can still reach a negotiated position with Sellafield - even at this late stage.

“But Sellafield has to be prepared to talk for as long as it takes to settle this; GMB has made that commitment."


Contact: Chris Jukes on 07870 176733 or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at

Notes to editors:


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.

Read more:

[2] 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.

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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:

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.

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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.

Read more:

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.

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