A new report today (Monday 4 December) highlighting the economic and employment benefits of the UK’s civil nuclear industry has received support from Unite, the country’s largest union.
The study by Oxford Economics revealed that the UK’s civil nuclear sector contributed £6.4 billion to the UK economy last year and its 65,000 employees are part of one of the most productive workforces in the country.
Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “This is an important piece of research demonstrating the importance of nuclear in developing highly skilled workers and sustaining a large supply chain.
“The civil nuclear industry is a major generator of low carbon energy and, importantly, a creator of thousands of well paid jobs which, in turn, help to regenerate the communities in which these workers live.
“It is time that we realised the very positive and vast implications of this sector for the UK economy and hope the government, through its much-heralded industrial strategy, will recognise the strategic importance of developing a UK-designed nuclear reactor.
“Such a reactor would prove significant in meeting our carbon emission targets, developing key export opportunities, and ensuring specialist skills and significant job opportunities for the future."
The study, commissioned by the Nuclear Industry Association, shows the economic impact increases to £12.4 billion and 155,000 jobs when the sector’s spend on associated goods and services in the supply chain and the wages spent by employees is taken into account.
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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065
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.