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Nuclear workers accept pay deal

Sellafield
More than 4,300 members of Prospect work at Sellafield

Thousands of workers at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant in Cumbria have voted to accept a new pay deal.

Engineers and managers who are members of Prospect, the largest union at the site, voted by more than three to one in a secret postal ballot.

The basic pay and bonuses deal will be worth a total of 3.7% to the union's 4,350 members at Sellafield.

Members of the GMB and Unite unions have already voted to strike after rejecting a 2% basic pay rise.

Prospect national secretary Mike Graham said: "While we recognise it is not the greatest of pay deals, we weighed up the pro and cons of industrial action and decided that strike action risked more than it offered to gain."

Peter Clements, chair of Prospect's Sellafield section, added: "Our members would walk away from any action they felt may shake the confidence of future investors, because we need investment in new nuclear build, jobs and skills."

Management at Sellafield Ltd have welcomed the decision.




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