Sellafield strikes suspended for now as talks agreed 19 January 2018 A strike by members of Unite, the UK’s largest union, scheduled for next Tuesday (23 January), which would have created widespread disruption at Sellafield, has been called off to allow for negotiations aimed at resolving the dispute over the victimisation of a trade union rep to take place. The strike involves workers at civil engineering company DSD Construction, who are undertaking work to improve security at the nuclear reprocessing site. The strike was called after Unite’s newly elected shop steward James Bainbridge was victimised and then dismissed and would have caused widespread disruption if it had gone ahead. DSD Construction has now agreed to enter into negotiations to seek a resolution. These talks will take place next Thursday (25 January). As a consequence the first strike which was scheduled to take place on Tuesday 23 January has been called off. The overtime ban due to begin next Tuesday has also been suspended. However if the talks do not bring a resolution to the dispute then the remaining strikes scheduled to begin on Thursday 1 February and Wednesday 7 February will go ahead. Unite regional officer Ryan Armstrong said: “Unite has called off the initial strike in good faith, to allow talks to take place. “DSD must table solutions to end this dispute and to reinstate the Unite shop steward. “If this dispute is not resolved through negotiations then there will be strikes in early February which will cause disruption throughout the Sellafield complex.” Within 24 hours of being elected as the shop steward Mr Bainbridge was relocated from the Sellafield site to DSD’s Carlisle depot, 40 miles away. Unite intervened and Mr Bainbridge returned to work at Sellafield. He was then suspended and dismissed after he raised a collective grievance on behalf of members. The grievance concerned: working in the rain, the supply of inadequate and substandard personal protective equipment (PPE) and uniforms and making weekend work available to all workers. ENDS For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235. Email: email@example.com Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey. You may also be interested in... Unite secures North West highways umbrella company banUnite, the UK’s largest union, has reached an agreement which bans workers from being employed via exploitative umbrella companies on a major highways contract in the North West of England. Call for clarity on the future of Moorside nuclear power stationUnite acting national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “It is vital for the Cumbrian economy - thousands of highly skilled jobs in construction and operations, once it is up and running, are dependent on this going ahead in a timely fashion." ... Unite local authority craft workers reject local government pay offer and show disgust at employers’ attitudeThousands of Unite members employed in local government, whose pay and conditions are covered by the ‘craft red book’ agreement, and primarily undertake housing maintenance roles, have voted to reject the employers pay offer. Talks call on job security as Magnox management shake-up announcedUnite acting national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “We will be seeking a meeting with the new board of directors at the subsidiary, once it is in place, to seek guarantees about employees’ terms and condition of employment.” New evidence in Deeside ‘race to the bottom’ disputeUnite, the UK’s largest union, has new evidence of a co-ordinated campaign to slash pay rates on the troubled £800 million energy from waste project at Park Adfer in Deeside North Wales.