WORKERS on the site of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset are staging a sit-in over bosses’ refusal to pay wages for stoppages caused by recent bad weather.
French energy giant EDF and its contractors Kier and Bam outraged staff by refusing to pay them for days when snow stopped work last week.
Unite's regional secretary Peter Hughes said it was "completely unacceptable" for the contractors to refuse to pay its workforce “while those workers remained available for work during last week's extreme weather and across the weekend."
He said that workers were told to return to their lodgings last Thursday and were available to work over the weekend as planned.
Mr Hughes added that staff were "instructed not to report for work due to the red weather warnings."
But, when workers returned to the site this week, they were told "via text that they would not be paid Friday, Saturday and Sunday."
Mr Hughes said: "We have already seen the government in Scotland call out companies who have adopted such tactics and we agree that employees should not be penalised for following safety advice.
"The union urges the employer to observe common sense in this issue and pay their employees."
He also pointed out that the "current problems at Hinkley were not organised or caused by Unite but the actions of [the workers'] employers."
An EDF spokesman said staff unable to work during recent bad weather would "be paid in line with agreements signed with the trade unions."
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