Construction workers have claimed a victory at the Capenhurst construction project near Chester and prevented attacks on terms and conditions by the site's owner Urenco and its contractor Jacobs.
Hundreds of workers had been demonstrating at the site in the defence of a long standing agreement, the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI).
Urenco was attempting to renege on bonus payments and dispute resolution procedures, which are part of the national agreement. The removal of the bonus payment would have seen the workers lost around £100 a week. However, following a two week campaign the companies agreed to implement the national agreement in full.
Unite regional officer Steve Benson said: "Unite has won a significant victory at Capenhurst. The commitment of Unite members and union representatives was fantastic. By standing together construction workers stopped Jacobs and Urenco from watering down the national agreement, which gives this vital industry the stability which it needs.
"Unite is going to continue to fight to defend the national agreement wherever employers attempt to undermine it."
Urenco is building a huge storage silo for the containment of nuclear waste at the Capenhurst site.
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Notes to editors:
- 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.