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Unions reach deal over Hinkley bonuses

Hinkley Point C

EDF Energy and two of its joint venture contractors at Hinkley Point C, together with Unite union, have reached a deal over bonus payments.

The deal has been agreed by client EDF Energy, Bylor – the joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and Bouygues – and the Kier Bam joint venture, which is carrying out enabling works. Unite had been negotiating for several months with the contractors and EDF to reach an agreement.

The new deal sees bonus payments of working supervisor and craft grades at £4 an hour, skilled worker grades at £3 per hour and general workers at £2 an hour. The payments are linked to safety and collaborative working. It will stay in place until the end of August.

The interim-agreement is ahead of the setting up of ‘a collective differences panel’ which will be used to reach a longer term agreement and takes any potential strike threat off the table. The panel will consist of a Unite official and an EDF executive.

The deal will see Civil Engineering Sector Agreement (CESA) for Hinkley, which governs pay and conditions, will be fully implemented from the beginning of June.

EDF Energy’s programme and construction delivery director for Hinkley Point C, Nigel Cann, 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 added: “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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