Sellafield workers win victory for ‘common sense’ in h...

Sellafield workers win victory for ‘common sense’ in health and safety dispute

07 October 2015

Construction workers involved in the nuclear decommissioning and renewal project at Sellafield were hailing a victory for ‘common sense’ today (Wednesday 7 October), after securing a ground breaking deal to end their dispute over health and safety and productivity.

The deal secured by their union, Unite, sees Sellafield Ltd and the 14-strong group of on-site sub-contractor companies drop their refusal to facilitate a senior shop steward to deal with health and safety, workplace welfare and training issues.

The agreement, which comes after a campaign of industrial action, including walkouts and action short of a strike, also sees the formation of a health and safety committee spanning all contractors on the site.

Commenting Unite regional secretary for the north west Mick Whitley said: “This victory for common sense would not have been achieved without the resolve of our members who stood shoulder to shoulder to get a better deal on health and safety.

“A healthy workplace is a more productive workplace. The creation of a new senior shop steward on maximum facility time at Sellafield will help make the site safer, reduce accidents and enable workforce issues to be dealt with speedily.

“It’s a win, win for everyone involved in the decommissioning and renewal project at Sellafield and once again underlines the importance of trade unions in making the workplace a safer more productive place.”

For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869. 

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Notes to editors

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.