Runcorn Thermal Power Station workers strike over facilities

Construction workers building a power station in Cheshire have gone on strike due to "inadequate on-site facilities".

About 600 workers have been taking unofficial action at Runcorn Thermal Power Station since Monday.

An unnamed worker said the shortage of toilets, a lack of a medical centre and water stations were a "disgrace".

Keppel Seghers, the final client for the construction work, said it is "committed to safe and adequate working environments for all employees".

When finished, the power station will convert municipal waste from Greater Manchester and Cheshire into energy.

Monthly meetings

A worker, who wished to remain anonymous, said: "There's six toilet blocks for over 600 men - sometimes when we are on a 10-minute break a number of them are locked.

"The state of the toilets and the lack of medical facilities mean the conditions for workers are not up to an adequate standard.

"Until they sign a letter saying they will upgrade the facilities, this action will continue."

He said workers would stay away from the site until Monday, when a further meeting will be held to discuss the situation.

A Keppel Seghers spokesman said monthly meetings were held to discuss employee welfare.

"The specific concerns regarding welfare facilities were raised by the workforce for the first time on 7 January - Keppel Seghers and the subcontractors subsequently reviewed and investigated their concerns, and found the maintenance of the welfare facilities to be acceptable.

"Following that outcome, discussions are continuing between the workforce representatives and the respective subcontractors to find a resolution."