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Prospect presses Scottish energy minister over future of Longannet

24 February 2015

Prospect has held talks with Scotland’s energy minister Fergus Ewing to secure the future of the Longannet power station in Fife.

First minister’s intervention over under-threat Longannet welcomed

18 February 2015

Prospect, representing 1100 staff at energy company Scottish Power, has welcomed first minister Nicola Sturgeon's intervention over the threat to Longannet, Scotland’s largest power station.

Cable urged to back ‘returnships’ scheme for women in STEM

30 January 2015

Prospect union and others have called on Vince Cable to introduce a “returnship” scheme for women scientists and engineers who have taken maternity or career breaks, in the wake of a survey revealing just how many obstacles such women face.

UK women in nuclear campaign for change

27 January 2015

Only 7% of engineering professionals in the UK are female – the lowest in Europe – and women working across the nuclear industry are determined to change that.

Continuity essential at Sellafield, warns Prospect

12 January 2015

Commenting on the news that the government is expected to terminate the £9bn contract awarded to the consortium managing and operating the Sellafield site, nuclear union Prospect has called for continuity in operations to be maintained.

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Update on Nuclear Generation Pay 23 December 2014

I wrote to all members on 15 December providing an update on Nuclear Generation pay and indicating that a further special NJC had been arranged for 12 January 2015 to take the matter forward.

IT workers face uncertain Christmas

IBM workers who deliver ScottishPower’s outsourced £20m IT services, face an uncertain Christmas after being told that they face further restructuring. Staff are worried that this may mean further job losses.

UK women in nuclear pool skills for their industry

Women in the UK nuclear industry have linked up to address the sector's gender balance, improve the numbers of women in leadership and engage with the public on nuclear issues

Act to keep the lights on

Responding to the assessment from National Grid about the tight winter power capacity, Prospect, the union for energy professionals, said there is a chronic need to invest now in generating capacity.

Hinkley green light welcome

Prospect - the largest union for nuclear industry employees - has welcomed the positive decision by the European Commission, which should pave the way to the construction of Hinkley Point C.

EU set to back Hinkley Point C

Prospect has welcomed the latest indication that the European Commission will make a positive decision on Hinkley Point C – Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation.

Base energy policy on evidence and analysis

TUC delegates praised the work of Environment Agency staff during the winter of 2013-14. However, one sentence in an amendment turned the motion about flood resilience into a debate about fracking.

Ask MPs to back the Prospect Pledge

Prospect is encouraging more members to follow the example of colleagues and seek a meeting with their local MP to urge them to work with the union and support its Pledge campaign.

EDF nuclear staff to ballot on three-year pay deal

Prospect is recommending that members in EDF Energy Nuclear Generation accept an improved three-year pay offer – with a 2.5% increase in 2014 – as the best that can be achieved by negotiations.

Drax boost for clean coal

Prospect has welcomed the €300m grant awarded to the White Rose project by the European Commission.

NuGen deal welcome

Prospect has welcomed the announcement that Toshiba and GDF have completed a deal on a new nuclear power project on the west Cumbria coast.

Raise number of women in science

Prospect is calling on the Labour party to pledge to raise the current percentage of women in science, technology, engineering and maths professions from 13% to 30% by 2020.

Celebrating women in engineering

Prospect is working with several organisations to mark National Women in Engineering Day on Monday 23 June

Pledge one hour a year to change young lives

Could you volunteer one hour of your time, once a year, to inspire young people?

CDM consultation at last

The Health & Safety Executive announced its 10 week consultation on proposals to amend the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2007

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