Unite, the UK and Ireland's largest union, has secured assurances that local labour will be used in the construction of a new north Lincolnshire power station.

Unite officials met with construction contractors Siemens and Babcock Montajes this week, over concerns that a Spanish workforce would be used to complete the Keadby 2 project, near Scunthorpe, despite promises that the work would go to local tradesmen.

The meetings took place following large demonstrations by local workers at the site last week, due to genuine concerns that local workers would not be given the opportunity to work on the project.

Following the meeting with Siemens and Babcock Montajes, Unite said it had received assurances that promises to employ local construction workers at the site will be kept.

Siemens is building the £350 million Keadby 2 power station on behalf of Scottish energy firm SSE, with Spanish company Babcock Montajes brought on-board to construct the facility’s boilers.

Unite regional officer John McIntyre said: “Unite has received assurances that the promises to use local labour on the Keadby 2 project will be kept. The local area has its own supply of highly skilled and hard-working tradespeople, so there no reason why they shouldn’t be used.

“We have been informed that local riggers will be taken on as early as December and that other tradespeople from the area, such as fitters and platers, will be begin to be employed after the new year.

“At present, there is no reason to believe that the pledges we have received from Siemens and Babcock Montajes will not be honoured.

“Should the situation change, however, Unite will do everything in its power to ensure these commitments are upheld.”


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For more information please contact Unite communications officer Ryan Fletcher on 07849 090215.

Email: ryan.fletcher@unitetheunion.org

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