Construction workers at seven power stations and oil refinery sites began balloting for industrial action yesterday. GMB and Unite members are to be consulted at sites including:-
- Sellafield nuclear complex in Cumbria;
- BP Grangemouth refinery in Stirlingshire;
- Shell UK Stanlow in Cheshire;
- Staythorpe RWE in Nottinghamshire;
- Chevron Pembroke;
- and Aberthaw in Vale of Glamorgan.
GMB members will be balloted until September 1, with Unite papers due to be sent out next week.
The two unions say that they want a "level playing field" for job applicants in the industry. They have a list of changes they would like made to the national agreement but the Engineering Construction Industry Association, which represents employers, have rejected these.
Solidarity Executive member David Kerr urged backing for action:-
"The GMB and Unite leaderships are responding to grassroots pressure for action. The lesson of the Lindsey actions is that Union leaderships will fall in behind the demands of workers if resolute independent action is initiated by them."