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Unite steps up protests at Capenhurst

Construction workers will step-up their demonstrations at the Capenhurst construction project near Chester over attacks on terms and conditions by the site's owner Urenco and its contractor Jacobs.

Hundreds of demonstrators are expected at the site from 6.00am tomorrow (27 February 2013). Unions are once again being forced to take action in the defence of a long standing agreement, the national agreement for the engineering construction industry (NAECI). Unite is accusing the employers of undermining the NAECI which has been in existence for more than 30 years and sets terms and conditions for construction workers.

Jacobs the company at the centre of the Lindsey Oil refinery protests, which took place in 2009, and Urenco, are attempting to renege on bonus payments and dispute resolution procedures, which are part the national agreement . The removal of the bonus payment will mean the workers will lose around £100 a week.

Unite regional officer Steve Benson said:

"Unite is stepping up the campaign to protect the national agreement which gives this vital industry the stability which it needs. This is not the first time that Jacobs have been involved in causing problems for workers in the  construction sector.  

"Unite is going to continue to fight to defend the national agreement and unless the company honours its duties we are going to widen the campaign beyond Capenhurst."

Urenco is building a huge storage silo for the containment of nuclear waste at the Capenhurst site. The protest will take place at URENCO UK Limited, Capenhurst works, Capenhurst, Chester, England, CH1 6ER.