Britain’s biggest union Unite today (Wednesday 27 July) urged the board of energy giant EDF to give the green light on the final investment decision for the new Hinkley Point nuclear power station.
The call comes ahead of tomorrow’s (Thursday 28 July) crunch board meeting where a decision on whether to go ahead with the £18 billion Hinkley Point project is expected to be made.
Describing the project as vital to keeping the lights on in Britain and central to the West Country’s economic success, Unite said workers were ‘ready and raring’ to get started on the full project.
Unite national officer for energy Kevin Coyne said: “We urge the EDF board to give the financial go-ahead on a project which will generate thousands of decent skilled jobs and help meet the energy needs of the UK for generations to come.
“The cost of not doing so could result in the lights going out in Britain and the West Country missing out on the much needed economic boost which this major infrastructure project would bring.
“Unite has already done a lot of preparation in reaching agreements with contractors over pay and skills, as well as safeguards against blacklisting on the site. Workers are shovel ready and raring to go, all they need is the green light from the EDF board.”
For further information please contact Unite head of media and campaigns Alex Flynn on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869 or Shaun Noble Unite senior communications officer on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940.
Notes to editors:
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.