The UK’s first new nuclear power plant for 20 years could be delayed again, after trade unions for construction staff working on the £20bn Hinkley Point C project announced a ballot for strike action in a dispute over pay. More than 95% of members balloted by GMB and Unite rejected a pay increase offered by the French energy company EDF and its contractor Bylor after months of discussions. Any extension of the labour dispute risks further time and cost overruns for Europe’s largest construction project, which is already behind schedule and over budget.
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The controversial Hinkley Point C nuclear project is set to face further delays after unions representing construction staff announced a ballot on strike action over a pay dispute. The dispute, which has been ongoing since the spring, concerns the fact that pay rates for civil engineering contracts are less than the rates offered to mechanical and engineering staff. More than 95% of members polled by the GMB and Unite unions rejected the pay increase offered by EDF – the French utility firm contracted to build the 3,200-megawatt power station in Somerset. The unions said they would now go ahead with notifying EDF of their intention to ballot members on strike action.
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