The government’s support for the new nuclear power station at Wylfa on Anglesey is ‘a step in the right direction’, Unite, the country’s largest union, said tonight (Monday 4 June).
Business secretary Greg Clark told MPs today that the government will consider financially backing the Wylfa Newydd project.
While welcoming the Wylfa decision, Unite called for clarity as speculation mounted about the future of the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon project.
Unite acting national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “We welcome the government’s decision regarding the Wylfa power station as it could create thousands of jobs during its construction, as well as generating highly skilled employment throughout its operational lifetime.
“This will be a step in the right direction and could be an accelerator for growth generally. But the government needs to crack on and make sure that the negotiations are completed in a timely fashion.
“And there also continues to be speculation about whether funding will be forthcoming for the Swansea tidal lagoon project. We believe that the government should back both projects.
“The tidal lagoon initiative would be a landmark project unleashing an economic boost for the Welsh economy and create thousands of much-needed decent jobs throughout the wider south Wales economy.
“Wales deserves this opportunity to build a new industry based upon its unique tidal resource. The tidal lagoon makes both economic and environmental sense.
“We call on business secretary Greg Clark to give financial support for the Swansea project as well. There needs to be clarity on this issue quickly.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.