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Hinkley Point C labour deal agreed

22 Jul 14 EDF Energy and trade unions have reached agreement on collective agreements for workers involved in building the proposed new Hinkley Point C nuclear power station in Somerset.

The agreements with the unions GMB, Prospect, Ucatt and Unite, cover supervisors and support service workers as well as construction workers. They set the project's policies and culture for effective collaboration between all parties involved, including EDF Energy management, contractors, unions and the entire workforce, EDF said.

The agreements are for not just pay and productivity, but also industrial relations, recruitment, training, health and welfare, as well as skills development and workforce communications.

The new deal builds on an agreement signed between EDF Energy and the construction unions last year, giving a minimum craft rate of £13 an hour.

Approximately 5,600 people are expected to be employed on site at peak of construction on the £14bn project. EDF said that it was important to secure these agreements now, even though the project is still subject to a final investment decision, so that it and when the project does go ahead, it will stay on schedule.

EDF Energy chief executive Vincent de Rivaz said: “These landmark agreements have been reached through constructive dialogue, with genuine commitment on all sides. The collective nature of these agreements is their most important feature, and they represent a new template for others to follow. They ensure that the Hinkley Point C project will benefit from excellent workforce relations, with everyone working as one team with a common approach agreed ahead of time.

“These progressive agreements are genuinely novel, and will help us ensure we have the right team of people in place to deliver the project.”

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