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Power strikers stop traffic

Issue No. 2224

Maintenance workers employed by Babcock Nuclear Services struck on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week in a row over pay.

Workers say Babcock’s have offered the equivalent of 1.5 percent over the year.

The Unite union members maintain radiation and contamination monitoring machines at the Sellafield nuclear site in Whitehaven, Cumbria. There are only around 35 of them, but their action had a huge impact.

Pickets gathered at all four of Sellafield’s entrances and leafleted drivers, many of whom stopped to talk. The morning rush hour traffic ground to a halt.

Alan Westnedge, regional organiser for Unite said, “The support everyone has shown is encouraging. It shows all of the companies on site that whether we are contractors, for SLC (Sellafield Licence Company), subcontractors or agency, we are all going to stand shoulder to shoulder against cuts.”

As well as strikes, workers have begun an overtime ban and a work to rule.

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Tue 19 Oct 2010, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2224
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