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Victory at Cheshire Site

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

GMB calls off Cheshire protests after employers agree to apply NAECI agreement to Nuclear construction site.

Common sense prevailed and we can now get on with the project as it was first planned as member’s protests to defend the National Agreement is the only way forward says GMB.

GMB, the union for engineering construction, has called off protests at the construction engineering site in Capenhurst, Cheshire after Urenco and Jacob agreed at a meeting yesterday that the site will be built within the scope of the national agreement for engineering construction industry (NAECI).

Since November 2012, both GMB and Unite had meetings with Jacobs and Urenco to secure agreement that the Tails Management Facility( TMF) construction project be confirmed as 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.

When it became clear that Jacobs and Urenco had no intention of building the project under the NAECI terms and conditions two protest demonstrations were organized at the site on Feb 20th and Feb 27th.

For background in November 2012 the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) completed the transfer of it’s 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 Mc Guigan, GMB regional Officer, said "Both GMB and Unite met Jacobs yesterday and opened discussions regarding the application of NAECI on the site.

It has now been agreed that the project will have the full terms and conditions of NAECI.

Common sense prevailed and we can now get on with the project as it was first planned. GMB member’s protests have now proved to be correct and our defence of the National Agreement is the only way forward."

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Contact Albie McGuigan on 0151 727 0077 or Phil Whitehurst 07968 338810 or GMB press office 07921 289880

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