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Saturday, 30 August 2014

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Deal means industrial action at National Nuclear Lab is off

Industrial action at a Sellafield research laboratory has been called off.

Seventy staff at the National Nuclear Laboratory had begun working to rule and adhering to an overtime ban in a row over pay.

But the workforce has now accepted a pay deal offering rises of between three and six per cent in exchange for two extra hours of work a week, with a two per cent back-dating.

Lab bosses claimed the action was aimed at disrupting “strategically critical work” possibly damaging customer relationships which could result in significant financial losses.

They reserved the right to issue High Court proceedings against employees seen to be in breach of contract.

Unite union regional organiser Alan Westnedge said: “We have reached a resolution and our members are working normally again.”

GMB and Prospect members had already agreed deals.

NNL recently won a multi-million pound contract connected to safety work at eight UK nuclear power stations on top of another major deal with the European Space Agency.

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