Strike bal­lot for nu­clear site work­ers in pay row

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and across the nu­clear de­com­mis­sion­ing es­tate, are in effect work­ing to make them­selves re­dun­dant.

“Suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of their jobs means that work at the site will be hugely re­duced. We think it’s only fair there­fore that those mem­bers don’t also see the value of their wages and pen­sions be­ing cut at the same time.”

Richard Whyte, of the Unite union, added: “Unite mem­bers at Doun­reay along with col­leagues in sis­ter unions have been forced to trig­ger a bal­lot for in­dus­trial ac­tion. This is due to the em­ployer’s failure over sev­eral years to match the ris­ing cost of liv­ing with pay awards.

“De­spite growth in profit our mem­bers have to face the con­se­quence of be­low in­fla­tion pay rises year on year. This year enough is enough.”

The bal­lot closes on De­cem­ber 22 with ac­tion likely to take place on Jan­uary 15 if work­ers vote to strike.

A Doun­reay spokes­woman said: “We are dis­ap­pointed that the trade unions are pro­ceed­ing to bal­lot their mem­bers as we are still ac­tively ne­go­ti­at­ing and have made an of­fer that we be­lieve to be com­pa­ra­ble, if not bet­ter, than other pub­licly-funded or­gan­i­sa­tions in the nu­clear de­com­mis­sion­ing in­dus­try.”

“Failure to match the ris­ing cost of liv­ing with pay awards”

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