‘Devastating’ Hinkley Point strike off

Reuters

The strike has been averted, as hundreds of workers of the construction of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point voted for a better pay deal.

The trade unions Unite and GMB were preparing for industrial action at the Somerset site after an ongoing pay dispute with EDF.

Phil Whitehurst, GMB, has said that the dispute could have “devastating consequences”.

EDF and the main contractor BYLOR proposed to revise the offer in accordance with the bonus in the base rate.

Wages will be 36% above the minimum industry-agreed rate and paid holidays, overtime rates and pension contributions will also increase.

Nigel Cann, EDF’s construction programme and delivery director at Hinkley Point, said: “We are very pleased that the members of the union voted to accept our offer.”‘The point of riferimento’agreement

He described their reward package as a “best in class” and at affordable prices, offering all of the workers, “an opportunity to grow personally and develop”.

Unite regional secretary Peter Hughes said: “This is a historic agreement, which will now set the reference point for the rates of pay flagship construction projects across the UK.”

The rates of pay established provide a significant boost to the local economy, he added.

GMB National Secretary Phil Whitehurst said he hoped that “an open and transparent relationship” is the result of an agreement.

In June, the National Audit Office labelled the project of the construction of the new Hinkley Point C power station as “risky and expensive”.

EDF announced in the month of July, the total cost was likely to rise to £1.5 billion pounds to 19.6 billion and could be delayed for up to 15 months.