Hinkley Pont C: strike averted as bonus talks continue
Good news for Hinkley Point C as the threat of industrial action by workers has been averted due to an interim pay deal.
It has been agreed that construction workers on the £18bn Hinkley Point power station site will receive temporary bonus payments of up to £4 an hour while wage talks continue.
Working supervisors and craft grades will get an extra £4 an hour, skilled worker grades £3 per hour while general workers will receive an extra £2 an hour. The interim payments were agreed by representatives of EDF Energy, BYLOR, the Kier-Bam join venture and Unite the union.
Unite officer, Jerry Swain, said the interim agreement was “crucial” in providing a “breathing space” and “creating the opportunity for a long-term solution”.
“I am pleased that following consultation with our stewards and members that we have been able to agree a clear path forward,” he said.
“And that the prospect of industrial action, which is always a last resort, can be taken off the agenda in order to allow the panel to deliberate.”
All parties involved have agreed to take part in a collective differences panel that will seek to identify an agreeable long term settlement of the bonus issue. As part of the agreement, interim bonus payments will apply until the end of August.
The positive news for Hinkley Point C is that no industrial action will be considered while these interim arrangements are in place, or until the collective differences procedure has been exhausted.
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