Ellesmere Port Waste Water Treatment Works in Little Stanney will be the location of one of 18 picket lines across the North West this weekend, as GMB water workers go on strike in a long-running dispute with United Utilities over changes to its pension scheme.

GMB water workers employed by United Utilities will walk out for 27 hours from 5am on Friday (February 19) to 8am on Saturday (February 20).

But the union has reassured United Utilities customers that their dispute is not with them, so there is an agreed process in case of a major incident.

United Utilities is proposing to save money by introducing unilateral changes to the defined benefit pension scheme.

Escalation process agreed

Eddie Parker, GMB regional officer, said: "GMB would like to stress that we are in dispute with the managers and shareholders of UU and not the customers.

"GMB has agreed an escalation process should there be a major incident such as the recent Cumbrian floods or other emergencies impacting on the life and limb of customers during the course of industrial action.

"GMB understand the gravity of the current situation and will continue to make ourselves available in an effort to avoid strike action should the company wish to approach us with a view to talks on an acceptable solution."