BARROW windfarm workers are striking from today in a dispute over pay.

RMT union members at Ørsted Energy in Barrow will walk out for 48 hours.

The strike action will take place today and tomorrow, as well as September 30 and October 1.  

The dispute is over a 'paltry' pay offer of 3.5 per cent from Orsted bosses, which the union sees as a real terms pay cut with inflation rapidly rising. 
The RMT claimed Ørsted had done little to help settle the dispute by refusing to meet the union to discuss the matter.

The Barrow Offshore Wind Farm, off Walney, was one of the first built in the UK and comprises 30 turbines.

RMT general secretary Mick Lynch said: "The obscene profits being made at Orsted show that this dispute could be settled if the company sat down with the union and negotiated in good faith. 

"Instead, they are trying to shut out the RMT and our members will not stand for it.  

"Ørsted workers take pride in the vital work they do but they will not be made poorer by a company that could give them a cost of living pay rise tomorrow." 

In a separate trade dispute with Ørsted Energy, RMT members have also voted overwhelmingly for industrial action over the alleged victimisation of a fellow worker. 

The RMT member has been subject to detrimental treatment by Ørsted, it is claimed, after reporting health and safety concerns, which were subject to a health and safety executive investigation. 

A spokesman for Ørsted said: ”We have always committed to being a leading and caring employer, paying fair and competitive salaries to all our employees as part of our sector-leading employment agreements.

"We are conscious of the continuing inflationary pressures in the UK and have already committed to discussions with Prospect, with whom we have a formal Trade Union recognition agreement for negotiating terms and conditions of employment for Ørsted’s UK wind operations and maintenance staff.”