Prospect seeks assurances over Magnox job cuts

The largest union for nuclear industry employees has said more detail is needed about how nuclear decommissioning company Magnox Ltd plans to cut up to 1,600 jobs in the UK.

Prospect national secretary Gill Wood said: “While it was inevitable that the workforce would reduce as the decommissioning programme successfully progressed, what is missing from today’s announcement is any detail on how and where these cuts will be implemented across the company’s12 sites between now and September 2016.

“We welcome news that the early round of redundancies will be voluntary, but we still need reassurances that these cuts are really needed so early in the decommissioning plan. We also need to know what the impact will be on the workforce that remains on site, and the safe decommissioning process as a whole.

“Meaningful engagement between the Cavendish Fluor Partnership and the unions has, at times, been lacking in the few months since it was awarded the contract as the parent body organisation. We will be seeking forecasts of the business plans and meaningful consultation as we move into what will be difficult times for our members.”

Magnox Ltd holds the licences for ten Magnox plant sites – Berkeley, Bradwell, Chapelcross, Dungeness A, Hinkley Point A, Hunterston A, Oldbury, Sizewell A, Trawsfynydd and Wylfa – as well as the Harwell and Winfrith research sites.

For further information contact:

Gill Wood                0151 728 9028 (w)    07713 511718 (m)

Katherine Beirne  020 7902 6625 (w)  07753 933174 (m)