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GMB Welcomes Signing Of Contract For Hinkley Point C

Thursday, September 29, 2016

GMB Welcomes Signing Of Contract For Hinkley Point C

With collective sighs of relief all round, it is fantastic news that the Hinkley deal is finally signed and work can start on this vital piece of UK infrastructure says GMB

GMB, the union for energy workers, has commented on the signing today of the key contract for the construction of Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.

Justin Bowden, GMB national secretary for energy, said:

 "With collective sighs of relief all round, it is fantastic news that the Hinkley deal is finally signed and work can start on this vital piece of UK infrastructure. The formal go-ahead for Hinkley is the first serious sign that UK plc is open for business post-Brexit and holding a secret ceremony did not do justice to such an historic event.

“This is brilliant news for the 25,000 new jobs it will create during construction and for the 6 million homes it will provide electricity to for 60 years. Attention must now straight away shift to Bradwell B in Essex and Sizewell C in Suffolk."

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Contact: Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 GMB Press Office on press.office@gmb.org.uk or 07958 156846

Notes to Editors

1 Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy press release dated Thursday, 29th September 2016

Hinkley Point C contract signed:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/hinkley-point-c-contract-signed

2 GMB Press release dated Thursday, September 15, 2016

GMB Welcomes Announcement That Gives The Go Ahead For Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station

GMB is delighted that the first of the badly needed fleet of new nuclear power stations is going ahead

GMB, the union for energy and construction workers, welcomes reports that the go ahead for Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant has finally been given. (See notes to editors for a copy of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy release)

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for energy, said “GMB is delighted that the first of the badly needed fleet of new nuclear power stations will finally begin construction. This is the right decision for the country and the government is right to ignore the begrudgers and naysayers.

Having secure low carbon electricity, for the 61 days per year when there is no renewable energy sources available, is crucial if we are to meet our energy needs and reduce our dependency on foreign imports of power. (See notes to editors for details of dates in year to 31st August 2016 when there was little wind power available).

With Hinkley now confirmed, attention must rightly shift to the other new nuclear power stations - including Bradwell in Essex and Sizewell in Suffolk - which we badly need across the country. The solution however is not to handover the replacement of vital UK infrastructure lock, stock and barrel to China. GMB strongly cautions that the funding of nuclear developments should always be kept totally separate from the regulation of the design and construction of new nuclear facilities and the transport and safeguarding of nuclear and radioactive materials. Chinese pop-up power stations are not a solution on their own."

Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer for construction, said “After all the delays and procrastination we have finally got there. Not only will the £18bn Hinkley Point C project provide 7% of the UK’s energy needs and create at least 25,000 jobs during its construction and another 900 during operation, but 65% of the project’s construction value will be placed with the UK supply chain.

Along with this is an agreed minimum 1,000 apprenticeship and adult trainees, creating a skill training level that will put other UK projects to shame.

This project is vital to kick start the UK economy post Brexit and will now show the world that UK PLC is open for business and ready for the challenges to come. For Bradwell, the Chinese have to first get a generic design assessment, then a Nuclear licence, and then most of all make assurances that even though they are the manufacturer of the reactor that the UK supply chain will be utilised as on Hinkley Point C. Those agreements are to be used as a minimum standard. GMB will not stand by and watch any discrimination against either the UK supply chain or UK workers. This will be a fight we will face in the near future."

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3 GMB press release dated Friday, July 29, 2016

GMB Condemns 'Bewildering And Bonkers' Government Delay On Hinkley Point C

Unnecessary delay puts project financing in doubt and 25,000 new jobs at risk immediately after Brexit says GMB

GMB, the union for energy and engineering construction workers, has condemned the Governments’ decision to delay confirmation on Hinkley Point C. The delay follows confirmation yesterday that EDF’s board had given the project the final go-ahead.

Justin Bowden, GMB national secretary for energy, said “Theresa May's decision to review the go-ahead on Hinkley Point C is bewildering and bonkers. After years of procrastination, what is required is decisive action not dithering and more delay. This unnecessary hesitation is putting finance for the project in doubt and 25,000 new jobs at risk immediately after Brexit. It is a gross error of judgement and must be reversed.

Building Hinkley will not on its own make up for successive governments' failure to have in place a coherent energy policy, but it is a very important step along that road and, as GMB has been warning now for months, the country's energy capacity is already so fragile that if we have a cold winter there is a high likelihood we will experience power cuts.

The ramifications of this foolish delay are far wider than putting our energy needs in jeopardy, they will immediately call into question other major infrastructure projects coming down the line like HS2 and Heathrow or Gatwick expansion."

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4 GMB press release dated Wednesday, July 27, 2016

GMB Warns Looming Hinkley Point Decision Must Show Uk Is "Open For Business”

Hinkley Point C must get green light at EDF Board tomorrow if new Prime Minister is to reassure workers and investors after Brexit says GMB.

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has commented as French energy giant EDF’s Board prepares to make its final investment decision on Hinkley Point C tomorrow(Thursday 28th July).

GMB warned that the 25,000 workers’ jobs resting on the outcome posed an “acid test” for new Prime Minister Theresa May’s Government. GMB, along with unions Unite, UCATT and Prospect wrote a letter to the chief executive of EDF earlier in the month (Friday 1st July) warning of the importance of confirming the financial go-ahead for Hinkley Point (see notes to editors for a copy of the joint letter from the unions).

If approved, a 3.2 GW nuclear power plant capable of generating 7% of the UK’s electricity would be built at Hinkley Point, powering 6 million homes.

GMB said government ministers’ assurances to international investors of continued commitment to nuclear power would be worthless unless they had also been able to secure a positive decision.

Justin Bowden, GMB National Secretary for energy, said "This decision is an acid test for Theresa May’s claims that the UK is open for business after Brexit with tens of thousands of jobs on the line. We've heard lots of warm ministerial words about the UK’s commitment to nuclear power, but these will remain hollow unless they are backed by a decision to invest that keeps the lights on, our homes heated, and the economy functioning.

The final investment decision on Hinkley Point C is fundamental to a balanced energy policy - something the country desperately needs and which the government has patently failed to provide. The UK is already at growing risk of power shortages from our over-reliance on unpredictable renewables. Ministers' claims of commitment to the UK nuclear industry are nothing short of worthless without the graft to secure a positive decision for workers and investors."

Phil Whitehurst, GMB National Officer engineering construction, said “There are at least 25,000 jobs at stake in this decision. A final decision to approve Hinkley Point would boost the UK’s industrial capability both nationally and regionally, with a £225 million boost to the South West and an expected 5,000 local people from Somerset working on the project alone.”

 

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