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Unite welcomes Hitachi nuclear deal and urges the new ...

Unite welcomes Hitachi nuclear deal and urges the new owner to maximise UK supply chain

30 October 2012

Unite, Britain's biggest union for energy and construction, has welcomed the sale of Horizon Nuclear Power to Hitachi, and has called on the new owner to maximise the UK supply chain and deliver good quality direct employment that benefits local communities, apprenticeships and skills .

Hitachi has acquired Horizon Nuclear Power from RWE and E.ON. The deal will help the UK meet its energy security and carbon reduction goals, and bring massive economic benefits and job opportunities.

Unite national officer Kevin Coyne said: "This is good news for the UK nuclear industry, for jobs and for a low carbon future. There are massive job opportunities here in the UK and we urge Hitachi to maximise the UK supply chain.

"At a time when Britain's economy is struggling to grow and good jobs are scarce it is hugely important that the players entering the UK energy sector ensure that all parties involved throughout in this project commit to good quality direct employment that benefits local communities, apprenticeships and skills - especially for young people."

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Contact: Ciaran Naidoo: on 07768 931 315

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.