Workers across Britain occupied the offices of EDF energy today over its plan to hire untrained electricians to carry out work at Hinkley Point nuclear power station. The electricians have accused their bosses of “multi-skilling” at the site in Bridgwater, where the station is being built at an estimated cost of £22.5 billion. An agreement to employ about 500 electrical apprentices has been reneged on, the workers said, and replaced with training courses for “support operatives.” The plan would mean that lower-paid unskilled workers will be employed instead of skilled electricians, they said. Workers waved Unite flags at the offices in Glasgow and London today, but the union said the protest was not official Unite action.
Morning Star 24th Feb 2021 read more »
Hinkley site hit by “deskilling” row over electricians. Rank-and-file electricians have started a series of demonstrations against plans to “deskill” the industry.
Construction Enquirer 24th Feb 2021 read more »