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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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.