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Power station builders end strike

Power station strike
The wildcat strike lasted until Thursday afternoon

Hundreds of construction workers are back at work building a power station after a wildcat strike ended in an agreement with management.

Workers building the new Langage power station in Plymouth walked out on Thursday morning after 16 men were told their services were no longer needed.

The protest concerned replacement of British labourers with foreign workers.

It ended on Thursday when the laid-off men received a pay-out, although they did not get their jobs back.

One of the men who was laid off, Brian Mills, from Glasgow, said he arrived at the site on Sunday to begin what he thought was a six-month contract.

Mr Mills, also from the union Unite, said he and 15 other workers were told on Wednesday there was no more work for them.

The unofficial strike began after the workers who were laid off went to the gates of the site on Thursday morning and explained what had happened to their former colleagues.

Mr Mills said: "As soon as they heard of our plight, they gave us their full backing."

He claimed other union members decided to go on strike after learning that Polish workers were being brought in to replace them.

'Issues concluded'

Those who took action said they did not blame any of the foreign workers, just the handling of the situation by management.

The workers are contracted on the site by the French company Alstom.

Alstom said this was a "limited" strike involving subcontractors.

It said: "Following discussions during the day with union representatives and representatives of our sub-contractors, the issues have been satisfactory concluded and work has resumed."

During the action, Centrica said in a statement that it was "naturally disappointed" that it had taken place.

The 400m station is due to be completed in 2009. It will provide 885 megawatts of electricity, enough to power about a million homes.




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