The battle against deskilling in construction saw protests for the first time at the Hinkley Point nuclear site in Somerset last week. Wednesday also saw protests in London, Glasgow, and the north west of England. Energy giant EDF and its partners are building the Hinkley C plant in Somerset. Firms there have created new grades to undercut industry terms and conditions. The bosses’ MEH Alliance at Hinkley Point C is a consortium made up of Altrad, Balfour Beatty Bailey, Cavendish Nuclear and Doosan Babcock. It has called the new rate‑busting grades Electrical Support Operatives (ESO). It withdrew the grade after protests—but has now seemingly rebranded it as Hinkley Site Operative (HSO) grade. As much as 80 percent of the electrical work at the site looks likely to be moved to the new grade.
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