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Problems with Cottam Power station deal

Issue No. 1993

Construction workers at Cottam power station near Nottingham were discussing a deal about returning to work as Socialist Worker went to press.

The unofficial strike by around 50 workers at Cottam power station against the exploitation of migrant workers began four weeks ago.

Workers walked out after they discovered that subcontractor SFL was employing Hungarian and Romanian workers on worse pay than British workers. Nineteen British workers were then sacked, but other workers stayed out in solidarity.

Hungarian workers who joined the Amicus union were then transferred to other jobs on the continent.

Workers believed that they had a deal with management guaranteeing them their jobs back and the repayment of the migrant workers for being underpaid.

After agreeing a deal on Tuesday of last week, scaffolders and laggers went back to work, while the rest of the workers sat at home on full pay.

Bernard McAuley, an Amicus union official, told Socialist Worker, “At a meeting on Friday of last week the management said there would be no way they would pay back pay to the Hungarian and Austrian workers.

“They offered the British workers £500 as compensation for being on strike. They also said workers would be redeployed to work with other contractors.

“There’s another meeting with management on Tuesday of this week. People might have to rethink their acceptance of the offer after this.”

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Sat 25 Mar 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1993
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