Work­ers to stage walk­out for sec­ond day run­ning

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

HUN­DREDS OF work­ers are due to walk out for the sec­ond day run­ning on a huge con­struc­tion site in Hull.

Work on the £200m En­ergy Works site in Cleve­land Street stalled yes­ter­day af­ter work­ers manned a picket line in protest over is­sues in­clud­ing fire alarms.

It fol­lows a walk­out last week by about 280 of the 480-strong work­force over con­cerns about alarms not work­ing or be­ing in­audi­ble on the site.

Shaune Clark­son, GMB re­gional or­gan­iser, said he and Unite union rep­re­sen­ta­tives were due to meet clients and con­trac­tors this morn­ing and they would put a pro­posal on the ta­ble.

He said: “We will be meet­ing at 7am and I am ex­pect­ing the men to do a peace­ful demon­stra­tion as they have done to­day.”

Work­ers out­side the site yes­ter­day al­leged that prob­lems with the alarms had not been re­solved and ex­pressed frus­tra­tion that mi­nor but “nig­gling” is­sues like bro­ken toi­lets and cab­ins with no dry­ing gear had been raised through the proper chan­nels to no avail.

Mr Clark­son said as far as he was con­cerned the site was safe.

He said: “There’s a build-up of is­sues that has gone on for too long and the alarms was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

He said four ad­di­tional alarms had been fit­ted on the site on Mon­day.

Prin­ci­pal con­trac­tor Stuttgart­based M+W Group was un­avail­able for com­ment.

How­ever fol­low­ing last Thurs­day’s walk­out, En­ergy Works (Hull) Ltd is­sued a state­ment say­ing an in­de­pen­dent health and safety au­dit “con­firmed the site is be­ing op­er­ated and con­trolled in a safe man­ner”.

It added that M+W Group “an­tic­i­pates a swift res­o­lu­tion to this mat­ter, which will see the full re­sump­tion of works on site.”

The plant, which sits along­side the river Hull, was granted a per­mit last year from the En­vi­ron­ment Agency to take a max­i­mum of 315,000 tonnes of waste a year, in­clud­ing black-bin “resid­ual” house­hold waste, com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial waste and waste wood.

A tech­nol­ogy called flu­idised bed gasi­fi­ca­tion will con­vert the waste into a gas which turns a tur­bine to cre­ate elec­tric­ity.

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