Sustained Demonstrations Will Continue Today Outside Staythorpe Power Station.LONDON, January 27 /PRNewswire/ --
DATE: Wednesday, 28th January 2009 ADDRESS: Staythorpe power station, Staythorpe Road Newark on Trent Nottinghamshire NG23 5PS TIME: 6.00am - 9.00am
Unemployed construction workers being refused work at Staythorpe power station, including workers from Scotland, will continue protests at the power station today.
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Unite estimates that 600 jobs will be needed to build the power station's turbine and boiler (Montpressa will fit the turbine and FMM will fit the boiler). A further 250 workers will be required to build the pipe connecting the two. None of these jobs will go to UK workers.
Unite, the union organising the demonstrations, has warned that the protests will spread to other power stations under construction in the UK. Many employers in the energy sector are refusing to consider local labour despite the credit crunch Credit Crunch
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FMM told union officials that because they had no direct employees themselves, they would supply their workers directly from abroad and would not be giving any consideration to local construction workers with years of experience of building power stations throughout the Trent Valley.
Unite joint general secretary, Derek Simpson, said:
"Our members are not asking for special favours - they are demanding fair play. The UK needs to upgrade and build new power stations and there are huge opportunities to create thousands of well-paid and highly skilled jobs. It will be a disgrace if UK workers are not even allowed to apply for jobs to build British power stations. Unite will not stand by and allow our members to languish on the dole while there is work in the UK.
"Alstom have the power to insist that the sub-contractors end this scandalous MATTER, SCANDALOUS, equity pleading. A false and malicious statement of facts, not relevant to the cause. But nothing which is positively relevant, however harsh or gross the charge may be, can be considered scandalous. 4 Bouv. Inst. n. 4163.
2. situation. UK workers must be given a fair chance to get a cut of the action to build a new generation of UK power stations."
The government has invested billions of pounds into the economy to support jobs during this recession. This strategy depends on employers playing their part. Apart from the Olympics, engineering construction is the only sector of the construction industry with a visible workload going forward. Staythorpe, although the most prominent, is not the only site where employers are refusing to employ local workers.
Alstom has been contracted by Eon to build a gas-fired power station near Grain in Kent. Unite sought assurances that Alstom would provide a level playing field See net neutrality. for UK workers during the process for sub-contracting. The union pressed Alstom to include a clause in the tendering process so that any sub contractor would endeavour to use UK or local labour. Alstom refused and then appointed a non-UK construction company, Remak, to build the boiler. The union has been informed that Remak will not use any UK labour.
For more information contact Ciaran Naidoo on +44(0)7768-931-315 or Karen Viquerat on +44(0)7768-931-316 to organise interviews outside Staythorpe on Wednesday morning.