Greater than 500 nuclear energy station staff will stroll out this week amid a row over pay.

Unite union members on the Dounreay plant within the Scottish Highlands plan to take 24-hour strike motion on Wednesday after rejecting a revised pay provide from their employer Nuclear Restoration Providers (NRS).

The union members may even help an additional time ban from Thursday.

NRS proposed a one-off £500 fee on high of a fundamental 4.5% improve.

Unite mentioned 80% of the 92% turnout rejected the deal, with the union saying it represented a “important actual phrases pay minimize” as inflation – by way of the retail worth index – stood at 11.4% when the pay improve was due in April 2023.

An additional day of commercial motion has been scheduled for 29 Might, with Unite saying it’s ready so as to add further strikes if “no motion is made by NRS”.

NRS mentioned it was “disenchanted” within the resolution however stays “dedicated to discovering a decision that’s honest and cheap”.

The Unite staff embody craft technicians, common operators, chemical and electrical engineers, upkeep fitters and security advisers.

Unite has claimed the remuneration package deal of the highest-paid NRS director went up from £331,000 to £651,000 at March 2023, and the corporate paid dividends of £2.1m in the identical interval.

Marc Jackson, Unite industrial officer, mentioned provides amounting to a “important pay minimize” wouldn’t be tolerated.

He added: “We have now a rising membership at Dounreay, which is right down to the laborious work of our store stewards, and NRS want to grasp, if they do not already, that we’re heading for extended industrial motion.

“Unite is actively additional days of motion as a result of NRS appear incapable of resolving this dispute by negotiation.

“The corporate must be beneath no illusions as to the dedication of our members to get the pay rise they deserve.”

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It’s understood union staff represented by Prospect will settle for the provide, whereas GMB members will again strike motion.

Lesley-Anne MacAskill, organiser at GMB, mentioned the civil service pay remit, which is a set of pay pointers, had been used as an excuse to delay participating with staff on pay.

She has now written to Andrew Bowie MP, minister for nuclear and renewables, urging him to take away NRS from a civil service pay framework.

In her letter, Ms MacAskill mentioned: “Our members have been left to endure a value of dwelling disaster for effectively over a yr with out the help of a deserved and overdue pay rise.

“This strike would have been totally avoidable should you, as an employer, had eliminated Dounreay from the civil service pay remit.”

In response to Unite’s strike motion, a spokesperson for NRS mentioned: “We’re disenchanted by immediately’s announcement however stay dedicated to discovering a decision that’s honest and reasonably priced.

“Our contingency plans are being applied to make sure the location stays secure, safe and compliant throughout any interval of commercial motion.”


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