Construction workers at Runcorn thermal power station returned to work yesterday (Tuesday 15 January) following a week long walkout over welfare facilities.
The dispute began early last week over sub-standard welfare conditions, including toilet and canteen facilities, which led to over 800 workers unofficially walking out. The project – still in its infancy – only catered for the projected manning level of 300 people on site.
Talks throughout the week involving the principle contractor Keppell Seghers and sub-contractors – Interserve, Fabricom, Imtech Suir, Kaefer C.D. and Unite, the union representing the majority of the workers, and GMB union resulted in the introduction of higher grade facilities across the site and an electric power supply that can cope with the load. In addition, a sum of money was agreed to compensate workers for having to endure sub-standard conditions which included a shortage of hot water and toilet facilities.
Unite regional officer Steve Benson said: “We are very pleased that the long dispute at Runcorn thermal power station has been resolved.
“The positive outcome would not have been possible if it were not for the tenacity of the site reps and the willingness of the principle and sub-contractor management teams to listen and act accordingly. This clearly displays the benefits for all parties of working under a national agreement that facilitates and solves problems encountered on construction projects.
“If it was not for a willingness of both sides to solve this dispute then it would still be ongoing – the reps on site did a sterling job.”
For further information please contact Unite communications officer Karen Viquerat on 07768 931 316.
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.