Britain’s largest unions are taking aim at the Hinkley Point nuclear project by threatening industrial action over a dispute over bonus rates. Unite and GMB are yet to consult their 700 members working at the Somerset site on whether to proceed with an strike ballot. But the unions have nonetheless fired a warning shot that Hinkley could face yet more costly delays that the project can ill afford. The row centres on the bonus rates proposed by the consortium responsible for the project’s civil works. Unite has warned BYLOR, which is made up of the French company Bouygues TP and engineering group Laing O’Rourke, that the “unacceptable” bonus rates are not high enough to attract top talent and could lead to industrial action. The UK’s nuclear ambitions face another fresh threat following the French general elections this weekend if National Front leader Marine Le Pen advances to the second round. The populist right-wing party is “fundamentally against” the Somerset project and has vowed to study EDF’s contract with the UK Government in order to find a loophole that could sink the deal.

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Strike action is already being threatened at Hinkley Point despite a ground breaking industrial relations agreement being in place that had been considered a blueprint for future best practice.

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Documentary detailing the killer wave which struck the coast of the Bristol Channel in 1607. Two scientists are increasingly convinced that the wave was actually a tsunami.

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Published: 21 April 2017