UNION leaders representing thousands of nuclear workers are to discuss calling a strike ballot in a row over pensions. The unions said 16,000 workers at 19 sites face cuts under plans by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to make savings of £660 million. The unions said the government’s expectation is that the final salary pension schemes in place across the NDA estate will be reformed by April 2018. Justin Bowden, GMB national officer, said: “There is no justification for this attack on the pensions of these nuclear workers and their communities. These pension funds are in a sound state and underwent considerable reform 10 years ago. What the Government are saying is that the privatised site-licence companies who run these nuclear facilities are in fact public sector organisations and therefore Sellafield, Dounreay and Magnox should go through the same reforms as the rest of the public sector.”
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THOUSANDS of nuclear workers – including those at Berkeley and Oldbury power stations – will consider taking strike action over proposed pension cuts. Union members will meet in London on Monday to discuss the possibility of striking over proposals to final salary pension benefits put forward by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The GMB, Prospect, Unite and ASLEF/TSSA Unions representing workers in the nuclear sector are to meet in London on Monday where they will discuss the proposal for over £660 million cuts to 16,000 nuclear workers’ pensions across 19 sites in the UK – including Oldbury and Berkeley.
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