IN A significant development, over 3,000 construction workers at key energy sites across the UK, including Stanlow, Fawley, Valero, Grangemouth, Mossmorran, and Sellafield, have indicated their readiness for industrial action. The workers, employed at oil refineries and nuclear facilities, are seeking a fair pay deal from their employers.
The decision to potentially strike was made following the rejection of a pay offer, which included a 10% increase for 2024 and an additional 5% raise for 2025. The workers, represented by the GMB union, have expressed concerns about the declining value of their wages, which have reportedly dropped by as much as 20% over the past decade.
At a crucial meeting held this week, the workers made it clear that they are prepared to take industrial action but have called on their employers to return to the negotiation table with an improved pay offer. The aim is to find a resolution and avert any potential disruption in the energy sector.
Charlotte Brumpton-Childs, GMB National Officer, emphasised the skilled nature of the workforce and the significance of a fair compensation package. She stated, “These engineering construction workers have voted to strike and say they are ready to strike. But they’ve called on bosses to come back to the table with a new deal to avert industrial action. These are extremely skilled workers, whose pay has plummeted up to 20 per cent during the past decade. If a new offer is not forthcoming, strikes across the UK are inevitable.”
The situation highlights the challenges faced by workers in the energy construction sector and underscores the importance of fair wage agreements to maintain a motivated and stable workforce. As negotiations continue, both sides are urged to engage in constructive dialogue to find a mutually acceptable resolution, ensuring the well-being of the workforce and the stability of the energy industry.