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Third wildcat strike at station

Protesters
Around 150 staff took part in the protests on Monday

Workers at a Nottinghamshire power station have staged a wildcat strike for a third day.

Around 150 workers gathered outside the Staythorpe site near Newark. Workers also walked out on Thursday and Friday.

They are calling for British workers to be offered jobs first, but also say if overseas contractors are used they should be paid the same rate as them.

Alstom, the French company building the power station, said all workers from the EU received the same pay rates.

Agreed rate

The group protesting on Monday consisted mainly of scaffolders, joined by riggers, pipe fitters and welders employed by Alstom.

Although the protesters hoped to get all the British workers off the site for the day, the majority of the electricians voted to stay in.

The workers want everybody in a trade to be paid the same nationally agreed rate regardless of their nationality, but that jobs are offered to British workers first.

John Hackett, a scaffolder, said: "We want to come to work and earn a wage, not the scraps left on the table. We've agreed this rate with them, they don't want to pay it any more, and to get rid of it, they're bringing foreign labour in who don't know that we have set rates."

Alstom said that two thirds of the jobs would be taken up by British workers over the three-and-a-half years it would take to build the power station.

A company spokeswoman told the BBC: "We never discriminate, we never have and we never will."

Around 2,000 people work at the Staythorpe site.



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