Without Sellafield Cumbria would become an economic wilderness and the UK would fail to meet its energy needs, workers will warn today (Friday 30 August).
The Sellafield Workers Campaign is launching a three point plan to sustain and develop 10,000 jobs at the site which are crucial to Cumbria and the UK's economic success. Over the next five years Sellafield will generate over £1 billion of revenue for the local supply chain.
The launch event taking place in Cumbria today will be addressed by Jamie Reed MP for Copeland and takes place at the Energus Centre, Workington, Cumbria (see notes to editors). The campaign group's plan for action, entitled 'Sellafield - at the heart of a low carbon energy future' which will be launched at the event calls for;
1. A new nuclear power station at Sellafield.
2. To explore the potential to re-use existing plutonium stocks at Sellafield for future energy generation.
3. The government to work with those councils in Cumbria that did back the proposal to proceed with further studies into a geological disposal facility for radioactive waste.
A copy of the document is available on request from the Unite press office.
Unite national officer, Kevin Coyne said:
"Sellafield is strategically important to the UK and it is crucial for the economic survival of Cumbria. Without Sellafield, Cumbria would become an economic wilderness while Britain would struggle to meet its low carbon energy needs.
"That's why the Sellafield Workers Campaign is calling for a three point plan for a sustained and coordinated investment strategy, including a commitment to a new nuclear power station at the site. However, it is also crucial that we begin a new search for a geological disposal facility and we examine ways of effectively re-using the stockpiles of plutonium currently being stored at Sellafield.
The Launch of the Sellafield Workers Campaign will be held on 30th August at 10.30am. The venue will be the Energus Centre, Blackwood Road, Lillyhall, Workington, Cumbria, CA14 4JW (just outside Whitehaven).
For more information or to attend to launch please contact Ciaran Naidoo on 07768 931315
Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.