Firefighters walk out on pay talks at Sellafield nuclear site

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British Nuclear Plant at Sellafield, Cumbria
The workers have complained that wages have not kept pace with inflation (Source: Getty)

Firefighters at the Sellafield nuclear site are striking over pay, GMB union announced yesterday.

The union members have voted to walk out on 24 July after rejecting a pay offer from Sellafield. It is set to be the first strike in a series planned by the workers.

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GMB said that the offer from Sellafield would result in the firefighters' pay being nearly five per cent lower than the increase in inflation since 2009.

The firefighters currently earn £41,466, and the pay rise from Sellafield would have lifted their pay to £43,539.

Chris Jukes, GMB senior organiser, said: "Like everyone else in the country who hasn't had pay rises that have kept pace with inflation, GMB's firefighter members at Sellafield need to pay the bills.

"The offer from Sellafield Limited falls short of what's necessary to start making up the ground GMB members have lost to inflation over the last decade."

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