FIREFIGHTERS at Sellafield nuclear processing plant in Cumbria walked out on strike yesterday in an ongoing dispute over pay and conditions.
The half-day strike began at 6am and will be repeated tomorrow.
The firefighters, who are members of general union GMB, had been due to strike on July 24 but suspended the action for last-ditch talks.
GMB says bosses had now reneged on a pledge to implement a promised settlement. Senior organiser Chris Jukes said: “Management have broken their promises to the firefighters — and have failed to make a fair offer that would put an end to this dispute.
“Sellafield Ltd has spun a message of greed, with 2,500 senior personnel earning eye-watering bonuses which are … an obscenity compared to what firefighters were promised. “GMB members have been receptive to Sellafield management when they have been looking at work in what is known as warm zones areas — in other words, firefighters entering areas where a catastrophic incident might take place.
“However … it appears senior management in Sellafield Ltd have gone bent on their undertakings.”
A Sellafield spokesman said: “We made an offer to the firefighters which included an additional allowance for carrying out extra work.
“We agreed to work with the GMB and the firefighters to assess the value of that allowance. We remain open to further discussions.”