Unemployed construction workers and union activists from West Yorkshire will hold a protest tomorrow (23 October) outside the Ferrybridge power station.
The unemployed workers are angry that they have not been given the opportunity to get jobs on the site even though there are significant job opportunities in an area which is in need of regeneration and community support.
A new multifuels project is being built at Ferrybridge but Hitachi Zosen Inova (HZI) has contracted work out to employers who are not taking on local workers.
Unite regional officer, Chris Weldon said:
"There are over 300 CVs of unemployed local workers who live within 35 miles of the site on a database at Ferrybridge. They are ready to work and they have got the skills but they are being overlooked. We are protesting today to demand that workers whether local or not are treated fairly and that means getting the opportunity to apply for work and being treated equally. Ferrybridge is an important project for the local economy so it is outrageous that local workers are being excluded."
On 31 October 2011 Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) was granted planning permission to construct a multi fuel plant at its Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station site. The multi fuel plant will combust a range of fuel sources, including biomass, waste-derived fuels and waste wood, to generate electricity. Completion of the power station is anticipated in early 2015.
Contact Chris Weldon on 07958 701 268 or Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931 315
Notes to editors:
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.