Unite, the UK’s leading union, has secured a major 12.2 per cent rise for cleaners and caterers working at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria.


Clean and catering staff


The 30-plus workers are employed by Mire Services Ltd, a local company which undertakes cleaning and catering services for the hundreds of construction workers who operate on the complex.


Unite has secured a pay deal which has seen the workers’ pay increase from the national minimum wage rate of £8.91 an hour to £10 per hour, a rise of 12.2 per cent.


Major pay increase


Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Unite’s members at Mire Services stood together to secure this major pay increase. It’s a great win which underlines our commitment to improving pay across the Sellafield site and yet again demonstrates the value of being a member of Unite.”


The increase in the pay rates follows Unite securing formal recognition to represent the workforce in March 2021.


Unite had previously secured agreement at Sellafield that all facility management workers at the complex, including outsourced workers, will receive at least the foundation living wage rate, which now stands at £9.90 an hour. This agreement with Mire Services secures the minimum basic rate of £10 an hour for soft services workers (cleaners, caterers, waste and security staff) at Sellafield.


Improving pay and conditions


Unite regional officer Ryan Armstrong said: “Unite is absolutely focused on improving pay and conditions for all workers at Sellafield regardless of who they are employed by.


“Once our members at Mire Services became organised, Unite was able to enter into negotiations with the company and secure a much-needed pay rise for the workforce.”




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