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Power Station workers ‘furious’ over unfair Covid-19 payments

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THE HERALD has been contacted by several employees working on the maintenance outage at the Pembroke Power Station, who are keen to vent their frustrations over what many are calling an unfair Covid-19 payment.

The plant, which is owned and run by RWE, is reportedly making ‘one off’ payments to some employees, while excluding others.

The payment has been described as a ‘bonus to members of staff as a remuneration for working throughout the current Covid-19 pandemic’.

The sum, which is believed to be around an additional £200 per week, will be paid in full on completion of the outage.

However, many employees have been seemingly excluded from the bonus scheme.

All staff who work permanently at the power station and in the maintenance area are employed directly by RWE Generation.

RWE have confirmed they have permanent sub-contractors who work at the power plant, but they are not directly employed by them, but a wholly owned subsidiary called GMOS.

One employee in the GMOS area of the group, who wishes not to be named, told us that the payments are unjust in their distribution.

The Herald understands that certain trades such as cleaning, scaffolding and security are not eligible for the payment.

The source also expressed his dissatisfaction that it seems to be, in the main, contracted employees who are travelling from further afield who are eligible, with mostly local workers missing out on the extra cash.

The Herald contacted RWE to clarify what the scheme was and how they assess eligibility.

A spokesperson said: “RWE is a reputable and responsible employer and does not comment on individuals’ private employment conditions.
“We are engaged in minimal standard maintenance that helps ensure we can continue to provide critical energy supplies to the UK.
“We thank all our employees, contractors and local businesses within Pembrokeshire who are working extremely hard to support us through this difficult time.
“We also thank Pembrokeshire County Council and all other authorities for their continuing support.

When responding to a question as to why only certain employees of RWE were eligible and why sub-contracted companies are also not eligible for the scheme, they said in an email: “If they are contractors, this may be a question for their employers?”

The Herald have also contacted GMB union to see if this a situation they are aware of and if they are working with their members to clarify the situation.

We are awaiting a response.

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Police investigate ‘Chinese government vehicle’ spotted near Puma Oil Terminal

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POLICE have confirmed that they are conducting “the appropriate enquiries” after a suspicious vehicle was spotted in the vicinity of Puma Oil Terminal on Saturday afternoon (Aug 8).

Following a tip off a Herald reporter was dispatched to the area, and saw a black Volvo SUV with three oriental looking males inside the vehicle. The vehicle had diplomatic number plates identifying that it belonged to the Chinese government.

However, a DVLA check suggested that the plates were registered to a BMW and not the Volvo they were displayed upon.

South Hook LNG security was notified as a precaution.

A police spokesman said: “Members of the public are advised to contact the police to report any suspicious activity or incidents.”

Both the UK and US governments are currently on alert following incidents of spying relating to key infrastructure, computer systems and state secrets by the Chinese authorities.

[The image used in this report is a computer generated artist’s impression.]

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Milford Haven Street Food Festival Returns To Waterfront This August

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MILFORD Haven Street Food Festival will be setting up camp at Milford Waterfront for the third year running to continue their Summer of street food tour, and with a brand new sponsor joining for the ride! Jubel Beer will be on hand fully loaded with refreshing fruity beers to serve all weekend long.

Street Food Warehouse and their team of feeders are heading back into town this bank holiday weekend, 28th – 30th August.

Cooking up a storm between noon – 10pm, the festival is split into three mouth-watering portions and is the only way to get you in the mood for summer and of course, fill you up to the brim on all of your favourite foodie delights.

You’ll need to grab your tickets beforehand, just make sure you come with an empty belly ready to taste new flavours – the world will really be your oyster. From smokin’ souvlaki to naughty nachos, mouthwatering Malaysian to chocolatey treats. Carnivores, veggies and vegans alike will be able to get their hungry hands on a range of Insta-worthy grub from all over the world!

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten that you’ll need something to tingle your taste buds and wash it all down with! Luckily, The Pop Up Bar Hire Company has got the whole weekend covered, offering all of your favourite beverages ranging from zesty Mojitos to ice-cold pints of Jubel Beer.

Two Lads Kitchen, Spicer’s Meat Wagon, Makasih and Chock Shop are just some of the street food vendors that will be attending the weekend, with many more both local and national vendors to be announced.

Come rain or shine, the event is completely free and family-friendly where you can get your hands on the most vibrant and high quality street food Milford Haven has to offer.

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Tenby: Police investigate overnight burglaries and theft

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POLICE are investigating two burglaries and a theft which occurred sometime overnight 9th/10th August in Tenby.

At approximately 2am this morning the RNLI lifeboat station, on Castle Hill, was broken into and money taken from the charity donation box.

Sometime overnight the padlock on the charity box for the Shipwrecked Mariners Society on Castle Square was broken and money taken from within.

Also overnight a window was forced open at the Denis Café, Castle Beach, and the till was missing. The till was later found with the money removed.

PC Garland said: “The three incidents are currently being linked. Having to close to deal with the clean-up of this type of incident is difficult for any business but especially so at this time. The two charities rely on donations to keep going and being a crew member of the Tenby Lifeboat I know what important work they due for the local community and for visitors who get into difficulty in the sea. I would appeal to anyone with any information to come forward and contact police.”

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