Pont C strike action threat averted as pay deal is reached
threat of industrial action by workers constructing the new Hinkley
Point C nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea has been averted
due to an interim pay deal.
union members had warned of strikes over bonus pay, but it has now
been agreed that interim bonuses will be paid out until the end
settlement will also be considered by union officials and EDF Energy,
which is behind the scheme. Hinkley Point C is expected to be operational
officer Jerry Swain said the interim agreement was "crucial"
in providing "breathing space" and "creating the
opportunity for a long-term solution".
added: "I am pleased that following consultation with our stewards
and members that we have been able to agree a clear path forward."
that the prospect of industrial action, which is always a last resort,
can be taken off the agenda in order to allow the panel to deliberate."
Cann, of EDF, said it has created a "very competitive reward
structure" for its workforce: "We
are pleased that these interim arrangements allow constructive dialogue
to continue to finalise this important agreement."
has been a constructive partner in the discussions to date and I
look forward to this continuing throughout the construction of the
Hinkley Point C power station," he added.
ballot on possible industrial action by Hinkley C power station
workers was held by the Unite and GMB unions. They claimed contractors
failed to pay a predicted bonus and warned industrial action could
lead to "expensive" delays at the nuclear plant site near