Using the threat of redundancy to lower the terms and conditions for diligent workers like these is dishonest, unfair and shows complete contempt for workforce says GMB
GMB, Britian’s General Union, has commenced a ballot of members working for Babcock fire and critical services over job losses and cuts to terms and conditions closing on Monday 17 October.
The firefighters provide a full response and rescue service at the Urenco U.K Nuclear Site at Capenhurst in Cheshire, protecting workers and the local community in the event of fire or hazardous toxic release. But the 25 workers at the site have now been informed that front line defence is no longer required and consequently their jobs are now redundant.
Workers have been told that they will be made redundant and that the company then intends to interview them and offer some of them a newly invented role on inferior terms and conditions.
Albie McGuigan, GMB regional organiser, said:
“During the consultation process GMB was prepared to discuss any economic or business alternatives, but the company has said the risk to jobs had now significantly increased and the workers would be made redundant in early November.
“GMB members have indicated that they will take industrial action if needs be. Firefighters at the site are dedicated to protecting the workers and the local community but they are now concerned for their jobs and futures.
“GMB members who were originally employees of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd have said they believe this is an opportunist attempt to destroy long standing agreements.
“Using the threat of redundancy to lower the terms and conditions for diligent workers like these is dishonest, unfair and shows complete contempt for workforce.”