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Mitie Group Sellafield jobs under threat

JOBS are under threat at Sellafield in a company which recently won a £200 million contract on the nuclear site.

The shock comes six months since the Mitie Group was awarded a facilities management contract to provide cleaning, maintenance and security services.

But yesterday – six months after winning the lucrative contract – it was revealed that the company plans to issue ‘early warning’ notices of redundancies to Sellafield staff.

GMB regional union organiser Steve Gibbons said the dispute was settled amicably.

He said: “It basically says that Mitie are restructuring and there are possible redundancies.

“We will be entering into consultations and if any jobs are to be lost we will try to keep them to a minimum as we have managed to do in the past.”

Sellafield Ltd is aware that Mitie plans to issue the early warning notices.

Mitie has about 500 on its Sellafield payroll but has not indicated how many jobs are at risk.

The shock comes only a week or two since GMB and Mitie settled “amicably” a Sellafield pay dispute.

While Mitie is the employer, Mr Gibbons is critical about the role of site operators Sellafield Ltd who awarded the contract.

He declared: “The drive on this appears to be coming from Sellafield Ltd who are looking to get value for money from contracts but some might call it getting some things done on the cheap.

“To be fair when there have been redundancies in the past we have done our best to mitigate them and hopefully we can do the same again but if not there is bound to be an outcry from the community if a lot more jobs are lost.”

The big facilities management contract was awarded last October.

But Mr Gibbons said: “The actual details of what Sellafield want Mitie to deliver has only been known in the last couple of months so in the circumstances I have some sympathy with them.”

Employment issues surrounding the award of Sellafield contracts raised at Tuesday’s meeting of the West Cumbria Group Stakeholders meeting in Cleator Moor.

As a result of the concerns, Sellafield Ltd’s managing director, Todd Wright, has been asked to prove information about jobs that might be lost or created in the letting of contracts.

Sellafield Ltd said yesterday: “Mitie Ltd has been awarded a contract to provide facilities management services for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority estate. They have been successful in other contract awards for Sellafield Ltd.

“In delivering work for the nuclear estate contractors are expected to deliver best value for money. How they achieve this is part of the professional service they provide.

“The notice sent out to staff has been sent from their employer, not Sellafield Ltd, but it should be noted that early warning redundancy notices is part of a legal process and does not necessarily mean redundancy will follow. We are encouraging Mitie to use mitigation such as redeployment wherever possible.”

Have your say

John the term contractor should tell you they're NOT in charge of the sites security. Cofactors employ local people so regardless of who it is, it's still local jobs being lost! As for pen pushers, they're needed to try and work out how to operate the site, which keeps jobs! A lot of biter people comment negatively about the site, but they love the good wage they take home each month!

Posted by Chris on 5 May 2012 at 15:41

How do Mitie Group get all the contracts on Sellafield site ? who ownes Mitie Group ?
who were the other contractiors in for the contracts ?? its time we all found out ..

Posted by john on 3 May 2012 at 22:22

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