npower’s job cut plans ‘about costs and naked greed’

Unions have slammed npower over its plans to outsource thousands of British jobs to India, claiming they are about the energy firm’s “naked greed”. GMB said npower’s claims that its plans are part of an effort to increase customer experience “has nothing to do with that and everything to do with costs”. The energy giant […]

EDF strikes deal with unions on new nuclear plant

The Big Six supplier EDF has struck an agreement with unions on the building of the new Hinkley Point C nuclear plant. The deal with the GMB and Unite trade unions sets out the pay and terms of employment – including welfare facilities and training – for electrical and mechanical workers. It follows a similar […]

Grangemouth petrochemical plant to close for good

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant is to close for good with the liquidation expected to begin within a week, its owner announced today. Following the failure of talks with the Unite union and a narrowly averted strike, the Grangemouth site had been temporarily shutdown since last week, whilst the owner INEOS tried to secure a deal […]

Scottish Government searching for buyer for Grangemouth refinery

The Scottish Government is trying to find a buyer for the troubled Grangemouth oil refinery. John Swinney, Scottish Finance Secretary said: “In view of the clear danger of a stalemate developing between the owners and the union, the Scottish Government has indeed been actively pursuing alternative options. This is what the people of Scotland expect. […]

‘Bill hikes add pressure to homes’ says union

Energy bill hikes are adding to a “huge squeeze” on living standards, a trade union has claimed. The comments came in response to the latest inflation figures published this week by the Office for National Statistics show that Consumer Price Index inflation remained unchanged at 2.8%. The ONS said the CPI remained “broadly flat” through […]

Cable theft costs South Africa R10bn every year

The power distribution network in South Africa is “extremely vulnerable”, with an increasing number of cable theft, meter tampering and illegal connections taking place. The total losses for the country every year could be as high as R10 billion (£0.73bn), according to Rens Bindeman, Technical Advisor of the Southern African Revenue Protection Association. Transformers at […]

Fuel tanker strike off

The threat of a fuel tanker strike has finally run out of gas after union drivers narrowly voted to accept proposals tabled after eight days of talks with strike mediator Acas. Last month the threat of strikes caused a wave of petrol panic-buying after a Government minister mistakenly advised people to stock up by keeping […]

Strike back on the cards- drivers told to reject proposals

Unite the union have called for fuel tanker drivers to reject proposals made by Acas, the industrial mediation service. The move from the union means a strike is increasingly likely. Diana Holland, Unite assistant general secretary said delegates recognised good progress had been made in addressing some concerns, but that more improvements were needed if […]

Fuel supplies back to normal before Easter

Fuel supplies to filling stations should be back to normal before the Easter holiday, the UKPIA trade association said today. The group said its members were confident normal levels would be reached, but they also urged motorists to avoid more panic buying. Chris Hunt, Director General at UKPIA said: “Supplies of fuel to filling stations […]

Looming strike threat recedes

The impending threat of a fuel strike was lessened yesterday when the union and the oil firms agreed to meet for ‘conciliation’ talks. The union Unite is behind strike threats from fuel tanker drivers over alleged pension and pay cuts. The news comes as strike mediator Acas was brought in by the Government to smooth […]