Electricity workers to strike next week after they won three-year contract
By Mark Hosenball
The UK energy sector is at the end of three years of negotiations that saw the government and its allies walk away from what would have been a mul일산출장샵 일산안마ti-billion pound contract to run Britain’s lights for over a decade.
As talks 가평출장샵near the halfway point, a series of strikes will be called over the coming weeks from April 7, as the final terms of the contracts expire.
In total more than 200,000 workers in 13 energy suppliers, which account for about a fifth of Britain’s electricity demand, are expected to walk out on Thursday.
The three year deal between Energy Networks (Energex) and the government, run since October 2006, has drawn fire from critics in and out of government, including Tory leader David Cameron.
“We’ve been promised these big, big contracts for years and then to watch it become a reality now feels like a very bad deal,” said David Jones, director general of the Association of 카지노British Gas Exporters (AGBE). “I’m shocked.”
The deal saw a number of big producers, including Energex, EDF, Exelon and EH Group, agree to co-operate and deliver over 100% of their output on time, through 2022.
It also meant an additional 7,500 jobs were brought into the UK, including jobs at EH Group’s Cumbria plants, and an additional 700 energy workers, although some workers are set to be dismissed, with hundreds being given jobs through the “career development” system, a government scheme that allows workers the chance to look for higher paying jobs.
One of the main concerns of energy workers is the impact that the contracts will have on the local economy.
An Energex spokesman said: “We do not consider Energex an industrial or energy company and our contract is based on a number of criteria that have the support and support of Energex and other energy and electricity producers.
“We expect it will provide the business with an opportunity to expand and develop the capacity of our UK generation capacity.”
A spokesperson for the UK Department for Energy and Climate Change told BuzzFeed News: “The government are committed to a clean transition for the power industry by 2020 so we are ensuring the companies and jobs that we have signed up to are delivering a successful outcome and our contracts are in line with the objectives agreed.”