Sellafield workers demand level playing field

About 600 mechanical contractors at the Sellafield nuclear site have walked out in a protest at the employment of foreign workers.

One of the strikers, GMB convener Willie Doggert, said: "All we want is a level playing field, it's not just about foreign workers, we need jobs to be advertised with transparency so that everybody gets a fair crack of the whip at getting them."

He added: "The jobs down the country were given to foreign workers without giving British workers the chance to bid for them. This has nothing to do with stopping people coming here, it's just about greater transparency."

The mechanical contractors on strike include scaffolders, riggers, pipe fitters and labourers working on building projects around the Sellafield site.

A spokesman for Sellafield Ltd said: "This meeting involves contractors working for companies operating under the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI), not Sellafield Ltd employees.

"Safety is paramount at Sellafield, and Sellafield Ltd is confident that any industrial action would have no impact on safety, security or production."

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