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Mitie workers at Sellafield secure ‘mighty’ pay rise and end pay dispute

Unite members working for Mitie at Sellafield in Cumbria have ended their pay dispute with the outsourcing giant after securing a pay rise of 55 pence per hour it was announced today (Monday 22 July).

The historic pay rise takes the wages of over 180 Unite members working as security guards, cleaners, vending, laundry and environmental operatives up to the Living Wage Foundation’s real living wage of £9 per hour. The revised pay deal was backed by 79 per cent of members in a consultative ballot.

The pay dispute, which saw 31 days of strike action at the nuclear site, came after workers rejected the company’s initial pay offer which would have seen most workers paid just £8.45 per hour.

Commenting Unite regional officer Ryan Armstrong said: “This historic pay rise demonstrates what can be achieved when you stick together and have Unite on your side.
“It has been a long, difficult dispute, but the determination of members to stand up for better pay has shone through and secured a real living wage for Mitie workers at Sellafield.

“Once again our members have shown that it pays to be a member of Unite in securing a mighty pay rise for Mitie workers.”

For more information please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.

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