Bosses at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant are turning the screw on the workforce, as they have banned workplace meetings to discuss the current pay dispute, Unite, the country’s largest union, said. The union, which is preparing to ballot its 2,000 members for industrial action ballot over a ‘completely unacceptable’ 1.5 per cent pay offer, said that the management’s action showed that it was ‘slavishly kowtowing’ to the government’s harsh polices on pay restraint. Unite also disputed the claim by Sellafield Ltd – a Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) company – that it was imposing the pay offer next month as ‘the majority’ of the nearly 11,000 workforce were in favour . Unite said that its own calculation of the figures of the three unions balloted – Prospect and the GMB are the other two – known acceptances of the offer came in at just 18 per cent.
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The dispute at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria has escalated amid claims workplace meetings to discuss a 1.5% have been banned by bosses. The union Unite, which is preparing to ballot its 2,000 members for industrial over the offer which it says is “completely unacceptable”, has hit out at the management move.
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