Troubled outsourcer Mitie is facing the threat of legal action amid accusations of blacklisting after bosses threatened workers at the Sellafield nuclear processing plant with disciplinary action if they didn’t reveal whether they were a member of Unite the union.

The threat from Mitie bosses comes as over 180 Unite members employed as security guards, cleaners, catering, vending and laundry operatives prepare to take part in two 10 day periods of strike action later in the month over pay rates of just £8.45 per hour.

In a move which Unite warned would undermine attempts to reach a negotiated settlement, Mitie bosses have written to workers demanding to know if they are member of Unite and if they will take strike action.

In response Unite’s legal team has written to Mitie warning them that their ‘bullying’ tactics are in contravention of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklisting) Regulations 2010, in addition to breaching the secrecy of industrial action ballots laid out in the Trade Union and Labour Relations Consolidation Act 1992.

Unite has announced two 10 day periods of strike action, the first beginning at 00:01 on Friday 19 April, concluding at 06:00 on Monday 29 April 2019, followed by a further strike beginning at 00:01 on Saturday 4 May, concluding at 06:00 hours on Monday 13 May. This will be complemented by a discontinuous ban on overtime commencing at 00:01 on Friday 19 April 2019.

Commenting Unite regional officer Ryan Armstrong said: “Resorting to bully boy tactics straight out of a blacklister’s play book will only inflame this dispute and undermine attempts to reach a negotiated resolution.

“Mitie bosses need to start talking and address the concerns of our low paid members who play a vital role in the day to day running of Sellafield.

“Unite will not stand by and allow our members to be subject to threats of disciplinary action for standing up for better pay.

“We would urge Mitie to drop the threats and get around the negotiating table to hammer out a deal that meets the concerns of our members.”


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

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.