March 3, 2021
From Wessex Solidarit (UK)

In late February, it was announced that the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant construction project was planning to introduce “Electrical Support Operatives” – lower-paid workers with less training than full electricians – to carry out vital work that would normally be done by qualified electricians.

In response, rank and file electricians – who have a long history of successfully resisting any attacks on their trade – occupied the offices of EDF Energy:

Within a few days, EDF Energy had announced that they were putting the plans on hold, and the sparks turned their attention to construction companies NG Bailey and Balfour Beatty.

A statement from Unite’s Electrical and Mechanical Combine said:

“We welcome the news from Hinkley Point that all training courses will cease until our dispute has been resolved. We also appreciate the statement of support from our general secretary, Len McCluskey. This does not mean that this…