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Power contractors' strike ballot

Protesters
Some 150 staff took part in previous action at the plant

Contract workers at a Nottinghamshire power station are to be balloted on strike action weeks after wildcat action over jobs, pay and conditions.

In June some 150 workers gathered outside the Staythorpe site near Newark in three days of unofficial strikes.

The GMB and Unite unions said employers were not sticking to an agreement over local employment and conditions.

No one from the employers' body Engineering Construction Industry Association was available for comment.

'Unfair treatment'

The GMB said the ballot will run from 11 August and end on 1 September. Any agreed industrial action would follow shortly after that date.

In a statement, the GMB union's General Secretary Paul Kenny said: "The anger and frustration felt by both workers and bona fida employers in the engineering construction industry at the misuse and exploitation of migrant labour has now been boiling over for many months as witnessed on several sites across the country.

"The objective of this dispute is to eliminate discrimination, unfair treatment and exploitation in this industry of workers wherever they come from. A robust and transparent auditing process is the only way of forcing these employers to break from their bad habits.

"This is not a skills issue, this is not a foreign worker issue, it is about fairness and adhering to agreed standards."



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