Angry about rejection.

Power and petchem staff threaten strike

Published:  20 July, 2009

UK: Unite, the largest union in the country, is to ballot its members for strike action at seven major power and petrochemical plants across Britain. The ballot will run from 11 August and end on 1 September with any agreed industrial action following shortly after. 

Unite is balloting members working in the building and maintenance of Britain's power stations and petrochemical sites. The sites targeted are: BP FPS Grangemouth and Ineos Grangemouth in Scotland; Sellafield, Shell UK Stanlow and Staythorpe RWE in England; and Chevron Pembroke and Aberthaw in Wales.

Unite, together with the GMB, is aggrieved that the Engineering Construction Industry Association (ECIA) has rejected the union’s key demands for improvements to the National Agreement for the Engineering Construction Industry (NAECI), which would deliver fairness and long-term stability to the sector.

Although talks are continuing, the union is said to have lost confidence that the ECIA is serious in addressing its members’ grievances.

The ballot follows months of industrial unrest and unofficial action at sites across the country. 

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