Millions for Dounreay's nuclear waste?
Last updated at 11:09, Thursday, 05 April 2012
MANY millions of pounds might flow into Copeland in exchange for bringing a lot more “exotic” radioactive material to Sellafield.
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Well said disgruntledloyalworker, You have hit the nail right on the head. Many people work at Sellafield but as you so rightly point out the company has one major fault - it is obsessed with paying people in non jobs large over the top wages whilst the people who do the work the people who have levels of responsibility the bread and butter workers get paid little in comparison. Only recently the company has invented so called work week managers, lo and behold at a pay grade 8. Pay grade 8! I ask you, who on that site is thinking up these wages for these jobs? In our building we have shift team managers, their level of responsibility is, I'd say, at the highest level on site. Not only do they sit a very long-winded dually authorised persons interview, sometimes lasting many hours, they also prevent the plant from destroying itself, prevent the plant from breaking, protect the workforce, protect the environment, and protect the company's reputation. Their knowledge is incredible - if something goes wrong it will be there heads that roll. Work week managers organise the work, makes sure some people are sticking to the plan and gee up the planner to make sure something gets done on time. The level of responsibility compared to the shift team manager is ZERO. Yet someone in their great wisdom has decided that this role is worthy of a pay grade 8, the same as the shift team manager, There is something very fishy about how grades are dished out on that site, its as nearly as good as these people who call themselves OPEX engineers yet don't have any form of engineering qualification. The whole site is devoid of anyone that can justify why people in jobs of no responsibility get paid huge wages compared to the people with responsibility. If you work in the management block, it's your mission to pester your boss until you get the next grade up land a job in what I'd call the core workforce then you're stuffed. Try and approach HR about it and your shot down in flames And the real point to this whole story why is it that every councillor business person in this county thinks that Sellafield owes the county money just because its taking some stuff from another part of the country - funny that isn't it, Sellafield taking fuel and waste from another part of the country. It's been doing it for years, it's called reprocessing. So why now do all these people think that to take Dounreay's fuel and some waste Copeland is entitled to millions of pounds? These people aren't interested in Sellafield only the amount of money it can suck out of the place
Absolute makes me sick to the stomach that we talk about Sellafield and all it's millions! Well from the outside that maybe so but from the inside it's an entirely different story! I work in the Changing rooms and me and my colleagues are the lowest paid on site, we hold massive responsibilities and time after time we just get sent from pillow to post, out hourly wage not including shift allowance is Â£7.13!!! I know tesco checkout girls that get more than that! And to run salt in to more deeper wounds they REFUSE to pay our already banked overtime! They offer us food vouchers I mean for Christ sake this is a multi billion pound company! Some of us Changeroom staff are living below the poverty line! It's system that needs a complete make over, we work with colleagues that are in different bands but make thousands more! I think our only option is to follow mitie cleaning and go on strike! Thanks.
It would seem reasonable that those who have nuclear waste to deal with outside of Cumbria should look for a place where there is a similar problem and suggest they deal with 'ours' also, particularly if they have the money to persuade them to do so. Don't forget when it comes to 'persuading' the offer of 'millions' means taking risks that they are not willing to deal with and would be far happier if we managed them in Cumbria, whatever the cost.