Hinkley contractors scrap plans to “deskill” electricians
Controversial plans to introduce a new grade of electrical operative at the massive Hinkley Point C construction site have been scrapped.
The climb down by the joint venture of Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick and NG Bailey follows a long-running campaign of demonstrations by rank-and-file electricians targeting sites and offices.
Balfour and NG Bailey were looking to introduce training courses for ‘Electrical Support Operatives’.
But trained sparks and Unite dismissed the move as a “deskilling” of the industry.
Balfour Beatty Bailey joint venture statement said Electrical Support Operative plans have now been “permanently withdrawn” and “do not form part of our current or future development plans.”
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