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    WELFARE DISPUTE ON MAJOR POWER PROJECT

    Construction workers down tools over “disgusting” conditions

    The Liverpool Echo has reported that 600 workers went on strike at Runcorn Thermal Power Station in row over site welfare on the project.

    The toilets have been described as in a “disgusting” condition. Staff involved include electricians, steel fabricators and insulation workers. Workers claim managers have made a string of promises to make improvements which have not been kept.

    Runcorn Thermal Power Station will convert non-recyclable waste from Greater Manchester and Cheshire into energy. The client for the work is Keppel Seghers. The new power station, the largest of its type in Europe, is set to be finished this month. 

    One worker, who asked not to be named, said:

    “It is absolutely disgusting. There is a maximum of 12 toilets for 600 workers, while management have their own to use which are kept under lock and key. There is no hot water and they won’t even provide paper towels. I wouldn’t expect a dog to put up with the conditions at the site. We are being treated as second-class citizens. Every day the vote has been pretty much unanimous and workers are standing together on this one.”

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