Prospect members at Dounreay to take industrial action for first time in a generation

15 April 2024

Prospect members at Dounreay have voted to take industrial action over pay, starting with two days of strike action on May 1st and May 2nd followed by a work to rule.

Dounreay is the site of several nuclear research establishments located on the north coast of Caithness, in the Highland area of Scotland. The site is used by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (Dounreay Nuclear Power Development Establishment) and the British Ministry of Defence (Vulcan Naval Reactor Test Establishment) The site has five nuclear reactors, three owned and operated by the UKAEA and two by the British Ministry of Defence.

The action over the failure to honour an April 1st 2023 date for a pay rise, is the first time in a generation that workers at the plant will take this step.

Richard Hardy, National Secretary at Prospect, said:

“It’s massively disappointing that we’ve reached this point. Dounreay management and other public sector bodies with oversight of Dounreay have had a number of opportunities to resolve this dispute, but for whatever reason have failed to grasp them.

“Our members do not take these steps lightly, but their resolve should not be underestimated.”

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