“We are pleased that these interim agreements allow us to continue this constructive dialogue in order to continue the implementation of this important agreement. Peter Hughes, Unite`s regional secretary, said: “This is a pioneering agreement that will now serve as a benchmark for the pay rates of flagship projects across the UK. The agreed rates of pay at Hinkley Point will provide a significant boost to the local economy and, with the project`s ambitious learning program, will generate much-needed skills increases and investments in the Southwest region. EDF`s determination to negotiate an agreement was essential to ensure that wage negotiations were resolved satisfactorily. The new wage offer, which will apply to more than 1,000 construction workers, provides that Hinkley Point employees will receive 36% more than the minimum wages agreed by the construction sector and the joint council, which constitute the national civil engineering agreement, and show a 2.9% increase in the maximum gross salary compared to previous agreements. The wage increase will include a portion of the previous bonuses in the base salary of employees. This means that leave pay, overtime and pension contributions will also increase. The agreement ensures that the project, despite its remoteness from major metropolises, can attract the best people. We practice the higher form of employment conditions of the CIJC WRA called CESA – The Civil Engineering Agreement.

The ESC agreement ensures that employee compensation packages, including part of the agreement, are in effect until the end of August 2017. TGT, which works under the roof of Balfour Beatty, said it wants to lay off 159 employees, and Unite stewards will be prepared and trained in the coming weeks. The redundancies will take place within the next 3 months and will be carried out in accordance with the HPC agreements. As part of the agreement, the previously approved Civil Engineering Sector Agreement (CESA) for the project that governs payment and conditions will be fully implemented effective June 1, 2017, including interim bonus agreements. “The work done by EDF Energy to ensure that all parties signed the interim agreement was crucial to creating respite and creating the possibility of reaching a long-term solution to finally address this problem. The severance pay is paid in accordance with the CESA agreement, everyone is informed in writing if they are threatened. If they are members of Unite, they have the right to be represented at the risk session. As part of a strategic investment agreement signed in October 2016, China General Nuclear agreed to take a 33.5% stake in EDF Energy`s Hinkley Point C project and jointly develop new nuclear power plants at Sizewell in Suffolk and Bradwell in Essex. The HPC and Sizewell C plants will be based on French EPR technology, while the new Bradwell plant will feature Chinese design Hualong One.