SELLAFIELD nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria in north-west England will be hit by co-ordinated strike action by thousands of workers this week in two pay disputes. A total of 3,000 directly-employed staff who are members of general union GMB will walk out on Wednesday. Around 300 cleaning, catering and security workers employed by contractor Mitie at the plant will strike at the same time, as well as the site’s firefighters, who will stage their third 12-hour strike from 6am to 6pm. The strikes follow a 24-hour walkout over pay by 2,000 skilled workers represented by Unite on Wednesday last week. The strikes are indicative of an increasingly confrontational and chaotic management at Sellafield, which deals with radioactive waste material from 15 nuclear reactors at Britain’s seven nuclear power stations. Management at Sellafield Ltd acts under the direction of the government and is owned by the state’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
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