PEOPLE who claim they have been bullied at Sellafield are rallying round a whistleblower who is mounting a legal battle against the firm.

Last week The Whitehaven News revealed that Alison McDermott was crowdfunding to pay for legal fees after she lodged a whistleblowing and victimisation case to the Employment Tribunal against Sellafield Ltd.

Her appeal has now reached over £8,400 and is gathering support from different groups.

Sellafield's Unite the Union branch pledged £2,000 to help Ms McDermott's cause, with Cumbrians Opposed to a Radioactive Environment also lending their support.

Ms McDermott says her contract at the nuclear plant was abruptly terminated after she raised concerns about "deep-rooted toxic working culture with numerous reports of bullying, harassment and discrimination."

And since her case made headlines, dozens of comments have appeared on her Crowdjustice page, of people sharing their own experiences of bullying at Sellafield.

One of the comments posted anonymously reads: "As one of many affected employees by this culture, I fully support Alison in her lone quest to unearth this long-standing culture, I hope more people will now be encouraged to donate, even if it’s withholding your name through fear of reprisals."

Another user, who pledged cash to Ms McDermott, said: "I suffered bullying at Sellafield too."

Someone offered to appear as a witness at Ms McDermott's tribunal hearing, claiming they too had been victim of bullying.

Another comment read: "Good Luck! It [bullying] needs knocked on the head well and truly. Still goes on and will continue until senior management admit it and deal with it."

A Sellafield Ltd spokesman said: “Safety and security are our overriding priorities. Our site is the largest industrial facility in the UK. Like most large employers, we have experienced allegations of bullying, harassment and discrimination in our workforce. We do not tolerate this behaviour. That’s why we commissioned a survey in 2017 to understand our employees’ concerns.

“What we found was disappointing and we’ve been very open about that. However, these results did not show a negative impact on site safety. We’ve since drawn up an action plan which we’re delivering with our owners, employees, and unions.”

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