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NDA Should Be Scapped Over Contract 'Debacle'

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Enough is enough – we need a Nuclear Development Agency says union.

GMB, the union for nuclear workers, has called for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to be scrapped after a botched contract looks set to cost UK taxpayers £100 million.

The government has been forced to pay the enormous sum to settle with the Cavendish Fluor Partnership after mishandling the way a £6.1bn nuclear decommissioning contract was awarded. [1]

This just is the latest bungle by government body tasked with decommissioning old reactors – which has now been forced to end the contract for cleaning up a dozen of the UK’s old nuclear sites nine years early.

GMB has been locked in an ongoing battle with the authority over a £600 million broken pension promise. [2]

Gary Smith, GMB Scottish Secretary, said:

"This is another debacle presided over by the NDA - the same body who has been trying to cut our nuclear workers' pensions while blowing hundreds of millions in taxpayers money on failed contracts across the nuclear estate.

“The Cavendish Fluor deal was subject to legal challenges by Energy Solutions.

"It was a mess from the off and that is down to the NDA.

"We need to cut out the middle men, have this work done in-house to cut costs and to save the taxpayer money.

"It's time to say 'enough is enough'. The NDA needs to be scrapped as it currently exists and a Nuclear Development Agency created."

ENDS

Contact: Peter Welsh, GMB Scotland on 07976 447077 or at peter.welsh@gmb.org.uk or GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or at press.office@gmb.org.uk

[1] UK nuclear decommissioning debacle costs government nearly £100m

March 27, 2017

Business secretary orders inquiry into flawed tendering process for dismantling old reactors at 12 sites as US firms get paid for out of court settlement

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2017/mar/27/uk-nuclear-decommissioning-debacle-costs-government-100m

[2] NDA's £660million Broken Pension Promise

Thursday, January 5, 2017

There is no justification for this attack on the pensions of these nuclear workers and their communities, these pension funds are in a sound state say GMB, Unite, Prospect and Aslef.

Read more: http://www.gmb.org.uk/newsroom/nda-pension-promise

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