Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has upped the ante in its dispute over poverty pay at Sellafield with troubled outsourcer Mitie by announcing a further 10 days of action beginning on Sunday 19 May ending on Wednesday 29 May.

10 days of strikes

The 180 Unite members are currently taking 10 days of industrial action, which began on Saturday 4 May ending on Monday 13 May. This is the second period of strikes following six days of action which ended on Monday 29 April.

Mitie bullying

Meanwhile, responding to the bullying and harassment by Mitie managers of the striking workers, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey used a video message to warn if Mitie continues to “harass and bully our members taking legitimate strike action, the whole of Unite will come down on your heads.”

The dispute is a result of low paid staff employed by Mitie on the Sellafield contract, including security guards, cleaners, catering, vending, laundry and environmental operatives rejecting the company’s pay offer which would see workers being paid just £8.21 per hour.

Upping the ante

Unite regional officer Ryan Armstrong said: “Unite is now upping the ante and putting further pressure on Mitie to end poverty pay at Sellafield.

“The totally solid support of our members demonstrates that Mitie’s attempts to bully and harass them has rebounded and resulted in hardening our members resolve to secure a decent pay rise.

“The strike action is having a huge effect on Sellafield’s operations with the canteen now barely functioning and workers reporting how quickly buildings have become dirty.

“Mitie bosses need to see sense and return to the negotiating table with the understanding that poverty pay rates must end at Sellafield.”


Notes to editors:

For regular updates on social media of the dispute search for #SellafieldMitemess

For more information please contact Unite communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: [email protected]

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