Unite the Union

Unite the Union

December 05, 2007 06:55 ET

Unite call for UK jobs to be created from new nuclear plant contracts

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Dec. 5, 2007) - More than 10,000 UK jobs could be created if the government required all bidders for new nuclear reactor contracts to source minimum amounts of the construction and manufacturing work from UK companies says Unite.

In a letter to the Secretary of State for BERR, John Hutton, the UK's largest trade union is calling on the government to require all bidders for the new build nuclear reactor sites to match a commitment already made by one of the potential bidders, Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd (AEC Ltd), to source 70-80% of the new build contracts from companies based in the UK. Unite has also asked that, because of its' commitment to UK industry, the government allows the AEC Ltd to proceed to the next phase of the pre-licensing process.

Unite is also calling on the government to commit to the first new nuclear reactor being up and running by 2017, just ten years from now. The tendering process has yet to begin.

Unite National Officer for Energy, Dougie Rooney, said:
"Nuclear new build represents one of the most significant opportunities for British jobs and skills over the next decade and we want to make sure that the maximum benefit is received by the UK manufacturing and skills base.

"One of the prospective bidders has, voluntarily, agreed to give a minimum of 70% of the work involved to UK based companies and we are calling on the government to ensure that other bidders do the same.

"We also want the government to commit to a timeframe for the new nuclear reactors to be up and running so that bidders know and can plan for the work and so can UK companies."

Last week British Energy announced selected sites for new build nuclear sites.

Unite is hosting a nuclear event 'New Build for Britain: Maximising UK manufacturing and skills' today.

Contact Information

  • Unite Press Office
    Catherine Bithell
    020 7 420 8909 or 07958 473 224