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1,600 Nuclear Job Losses

Thursday, May 21, 2015

GMB Seek Talks With Magnox And Nuclear Decommissioning Authority As 1,600 Nuclear Job Losses Announced 

GMB, the union for workers in the nuclear industry, commented on the report that 1,600 jobs are to be lost at 12 Magnox nuclear power sites by September next year. See news to editors for copy of the report on Press Association.

The 12 nuclear power sites managed by Magnox are: Berkeley, Gloucestershire; Bradwell, Essex; Chapelcross, Dumfriesshire; Dungeness A, Kent; Harwell, Oxfordshire; Hinkley Point A, Somerset; Hunterston A, Ayrshire; Oldbury, Gloucestershire; Sizewell A, Suffolk; Trawsfynydd, North Wales; Winfrith, Dorset; and Wylfa, Anglesey, North Wales.

Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary for Energy, said “GMB will seek talks with Magnox and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to discuss these job losses and the lack of progress on nuclear new build.

It was always envisaged that many of these workers would be moving over to the nuclear new build sites as the work on decommissioning and clean-up is finished.

Disarray in the nuclear sector is leading to delays and now Hinkley Point C is being held up. GMB consider that the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority should be re-tasked and renamed the Nuclear Development Authority to get momentum on behalf to the UK State into the much needed new build rather than relying on the French and Chinese States to do the job for us.

GMB also has concerns that these job losses are the thin edge of the wedge when more job losses will follow the now expected Tory cuts the NDA budget next month. This is likely to lead to local people not getting the decommissioning they were promised. It is also a false economy as putting off the promised clean-up will make completing the work more expensive in the long run. “

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Contact: Gary Smith, GMB National Secretary on 07710 618909 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

Notes to editors:

Story on Press association dated 21 May 2015.

1,600 jobs to go at nuclear plants

By Alan Jones, Press Association Industrial Correspondent

Up to 1,600 jobs are to be lost at 12 Magnox nuclear power sites by September next year, the company has announced.

Eleven of the plants have already shut down and the only one in operation, Wylfa on Anglesey in North Wales, is due to stop generating power at the end of the year.

The company said decommissioning the sites was always going to lead to a reduction in staffing levels.

Following a review of the closure programme, Magnox said it expected between 1,400 and 1,600 job losses up to September 2016, including staff, agency and contract workers.

"These proposed reductions arise from planned step downs in the work programme at a number of sites and the implementation of a more streamlined operating model for delivering decommissioning.

"We will seek wherever possible for these reductions to be through voluntary means and we will endeavour to retrain staff in roles where we are currently reliant on agency resources.

"We are now going through a period of formal collective consultation with our recognised trade unions and individual consultation and counselling staff before an appropriate best fit exercise begins."

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