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Protest over work 'discrimination'

A demonstration will be held today on the site of a new energy-from-waste plant to protest at employment practices.

Unions claim that local workers are being denied access to jobs at the Wilton complex on Teesside and that wages are being "undercut."

Officials also alleged that the project, being built for the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority, was using a high number of agency workers.

Michael Blench of the GMB said local workers were being discriminated against, while "cheap" labour from Europe was being used.

Steve Cason of Unite added: "Other issues raised included bonus and overtime rates, as well as holiday pay and the contractors have been asked to provide answers to these questions.

"Our members have expressed serious concern about the lack of opportunity to train the next generation of apprenticeships to acquire the skills and experience to maintain these plants in the future."

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