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Strikers return to nuclear site

Contractors at the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing complex in Cumbria have returned to work after a 24-hour walkout over the use of foreign labour.

About 1,300 workers went on strike in support of contractors at the Lindsey oil refinery in Lincolnshire.

A Sellafield spokesman said Monday's unofficial action had had no impact on the running or safety of the plant.

The strikers included scaffolders, riggers, pipe fitters and labourers who work on building projects.

Sellafield striker and GMB convener Willie Doggert said: "All we want is a level playing field.

"It's not just about foreign workers, we need jobs to be advertised with transparency, so that everybody gets a far crack of the whip."

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