Unite postpones Sellafield strike

Unite has offered an ‘olive branch’ to troubled outsourcer Mitie to create an opportunity to resolve the scheduled industrial action at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing site in Cumbria.

The workers were today due to begin a 10-day strike in a dispute over pay, but the union has postponed the dispute to begin on April 24 as a ‘gesture of goodwill in order to allow meaningful negotiations to take place’.

The dispute which concerns security guards, cleaners, catering, vending, laundry and environmental operatives is a result of  Unite’s 180 members rejecting Mitie’s pay offer, with workers receiving just £8.45 an hour.

A second 10-day strike beginning on  May 4 remains scheduled to go ahead if there is no resolution to the dispute.

Unite regional officer Ryan Armstrong said: “As a gesture of goodwill, Unite has offered Mitie an olive branch by delaying when strike action will begin.

“If Mitie is serious about resolving this dispute then the company will use this opportunity to enter into meaningful negotiations.

“Mitie must recognise that this is the company’s last chance to resolve the dispute before strikes, which will cause serious disruption across the Sellafield complex, begin.

“Unite members are no longer going to accept rates below the real living wage, when undertaking challenging roles on a maximum security site.”

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