Point C station workers stage mass sit-in amid pay dispute
600 workers on the construction site of the new Hinkley Point C
nuclear power station near Burnham-On-Sea staged a mass sit-in on
Tuesday (March 6th).
employed by at the EDF Energy site claim they had not been paid
for days when snow stopped work last week.
reported that local managers offered some pay but this was rejected
as being too low.
Energy says those sent home would be paid in line with agreements
signed with trade unions.
2,000 people are working on the site but were sent home on Thursday.
worker told the BBC: "We got kicked off site last Thursday
because of the snow. We couldn't go home. We had to report in each
stayed in digs for four days. I was meant to be on shift Thursday
to Sunday, but I'm not being paid for the weekend, just Thursday
of the workers are represented by the Unite trade union, which said
it was in talks with EDF to try to resolve the unofficial dispute.
EDF spokesman said: "The majority of the Hinkley Point C workforce
are working as normal today. A
smaller number of workers are disputing payments for bad weather
and they are being encouraged to return to work."
who were unable to work at the site during recent bad weather will
be paid in line with agreements signed with the trade unions."
safety of our workforce is paramount and a decision was made to
close the site on Thursday ahead of the bad weather."
was carried out over the weekend to ensure the site was available
for a safe return to work today."