Construction strike at Hinkley Point C avoided as unions accept a new deal

 
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Potential strike action by hundreds of workers at Hinkley Point C has been averted after workers overwhelmingly voted for an improved pay deal, the GMB union said.

The construction unions GMB and Unite had been preparing for strike action since members last month rejected a previous offer from French energy firm EDF and contractor Bouygues-Laing O‘Rourke.

Under the revised deal, workers will receive pay of up to 36 per cent above the minimum pay rates as well as higher holiday pay, overtime rates and pension contributions, GMB said.

The nearly £20bn Hinkley Point C will be the UK's first new nuclear power station since 1995, and a strike could have put the project even further behind schedule.

Read more: Hinkley Point C costs soar as France's EDF hikes its estimate

Adie Baker, GMB regional officer, said:

GMB members can concentrate on the future now this long running dispute, which had threatened to disrupt progress on the project, has been resolved.

We will now ensure the negotiated agreements are fully implemented and those members eligible for back payments receive every penny that they are entitled to.

Unite regional secretary, Peter Hughes, added that the "landmark" agreement would set the benchmark for pay rates on flagship construction projects throughout the UK.

“The pay rates agreed at Hinkley Point will provide a significant boost to the local economy and together with the ambitious apprenticeship programme on the project, will generate much needed skills boost and investment in the south west region," Hughes said.

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