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Dounreay says strike action ballot was 'disappointing'

By David G Scott

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Dounreay power station talked of its disappointment after hundreds of staff were today asked to vote on industrial action by their union Unite.

There are around 450 Unite members employed by Magnox Limited based at Dounreay power station who are being balloted for strike action in a pay dispute.

A Dounreay spokesperson said: “We understand that the Dounreay union representatives felt that they had no choice but to ballot their members for industrial action over the pay deal. Obviously, this outcome is disappointing but it is the right of members to have their say.

“NRS Dounreay has made an offer of 4.5 per cent with lower grades getting up to 7 per cent. The Dounreay site will remain safe and secure and we sincerely hope we can resolve this as soon as possible.”

The ballot which is now open will close on April 2. Unite says: "The dispute is a result of an inadequate pay offer of 4.5 per cent effective from April 2023 which was emphatically rejected by 95 per cent in a consultative pay ballot. The offer amounts to a substantial real terms pay cut, the true rate of inflation, RPI stood at 11.4 per cent."

Unite’s Magnox membership includes craft technicians, general operators, chemical and electrical engineers, and maintenance fitters and safety advisors.

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