Unite the union has welcomed today’s (Wednesday 23 June) agreement between the government and energy giant  EDF  for improved arrangements to deliver the safe and efficient decommissioning of the UK’s seven AGR (Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor) sites, which are due to reach the end of their operational lives by 2030.

Unite national officer for energy Rob MacGregor said: “Unite broadly welcomes this agreement. It provides clarity for all those working in the nuclear field for EDF and the supply chain. The energy trade unions and EDF have concluded a ground-breaking defueling agreement which ensures a ‘just transition’ for nuclear workers throughout the process.

“Unite recognises the rapidly evolving energy landscape as the UK government aims to reduce emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 compared to 1990 levels.

“However, along with the other unions, Unite is campaigning for a ‘just transition’ framework for the 200,000 workers currently employed right across the energy and energy-intensive industries, and also for the communities that rely on those jobs.

“There must be a joined-up blueprint, involving government, energy companies and the unions, to create a new generation of skilled ‘green’ employment  which  underlines the UK’s commitment to ensure net-zero carbon emissions across all forms of energy by 2050.”


Notes to editors:

The AGR stations are Torness and Hunterston B in Scotland, Dungeness B in Kent, Hartlepool in Teesside, Heysham 1 and Heysham 2 in Lancashire and Hinkley Point B in Somerset.

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