Point C project could be hit by industrial action in pay row
consultative ballot on possible industrial action by Hinkley C power
station workers is to be held by the Unite and GMB unions.
claim contractors failed to pay a predicted bonus and warned industrial
action could lead to "expensive" delays at the nuclear
plant site near Burnham-On-Sea.
700 members of the workforce are expected to be balloted. Work began
on Hinkley Point C last month. It is expected to begin generating
electricity in 2025.
officer Tim Morris said: "Our members came to Hinkley Point
under the belief that they would receive excellent pay and bonuses."
employers think they can do this on the cheap by offering a derisory
bonus rate, but the workers consider it to be completely inadequate
to attract and hold on to the skilled workforce necessary."
Energy, which is behind the scheme, said: "We are committed
to a continuing dialogue on this issue with our contractor and trade
union partners. Discussions are ongoing and our intention is to
reach a mutually acceptable outcome."
ballot is scheduled for May 2-5, the unions said.