Nuclear clean-up jobs under threat

Government spending cuts could lead to 4,000 job losses in the nuclear decommissioning industry, union leaders have warned.

Government spending cuts could lead to 4,000 job losses in the nuclear decommissioning industry, union leaders have warned.

Prospect claimed spending plans for cleaning up the UK's nuclear legacy would be "derailed" by the "stringent" cuts.

National officer David Luxton said a current Government review of clean-up projects posed a threat to the industry, including jobs.

"Reducing workforce numbers on the eve of a major expansion in an industry that already faces a skills challenge is madness. Those hardest hit will be technical, scientific and managerial staff, who do the key decommissioning work," he said.

Prospect said the Government wanted savings of at least 20 per cent, warning this threatened up to 4,000 job losses within four years.

SNP energy spokesman Mike Weir said: "Cuts amongst decommissioning workers raise obvious safety questions for the UK Government, and come just as ministers try to sell the idea of a whole new generation of nuclear stations.

"People will wonder, and indeed worry, how Downing Street can forge ahead with plans for new stations when it apparently cannot afford to decommission the existing sites."

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