Temporary bonus deal reached in Hinkley Point C pay dispute

Construction workers at Hinkley Point power station will receive temporary bonus payments of up to £4 an hour until the end of August following an interim agreement with the Unite union.

The deal, which has been stuck while long-term wage negotiations continue, will see bonus payments linked to safe and collaborative working on site with supervisor and craft grades receiving an extra £4 an hour, skilled worker grades £3 per hour and general workers £2 an hour.

As part of the agreement between representatives of EDF Energy, BYLOR (the Tier 1 contractor comprising Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues TP), the Kier-Bam joint venture (who are undertaking the enabling works) and Unite the union, there will be no further strike action at the £18 billion project at least until the autumn.

The previously approved Civil Engineering Sector Agreement (CESA) for the project, which governs pay and conditions, will also be fully implemented with effect from June 1, 2017.

Nigel Cann, EDF Energy’s programme and construction delivery director for Hinkley Point C, said: “We are proud about the ‘best in class’ nature of the overall package for the Hinkley Point C civil workforce.

“We have created great facilities, an opportunity to develop and a very competitive reward structure.

“We are pleased that these interim arrangements allow constructive dialogue to continue to finalise this important agreement.

“Unite the Union has been a constructive partner in the discussions to date and I look forward to this continuing throughout the construction of the Hinkley Point C power station.”

Unite acting national officer for construction Jerry Swain, said: “I am pleased that following consultation with our stewards and members that we along with the various parties have been able to agree a clear path forward and that the prospect of industrial action, which is always a last resort, can be taken off the agenda in order to allow the 'Differences Panel' to deliberate.

“The work undertaken by EDF Energy in ensuring that all parties signed up to the interim agreement has been crucial in providing a breathing space and creating the opportunity for a long-term solution being agreed to finally resolve this matter.”

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