The leader of Unite’s energy sector, national officer Simon Coop, has hit out at threats that the promised government funding for the Sizewell C nuclear power station could be delayed or cancelled. Media reports have established that Sizewell C is to be ‘reviewed’ as part of the government’s programme of public expenditure cuts which aims to reduce the government’s monumental debt burden.

Unite national officer for energy, Simon Coop said: “At a time of chronic energy insecurity and perilous energy costs, why on earth would the government even consider pulling the promised investment in the Sizewell C nuclear reactor? 

"To allow such speculation to grow is irresponsible and jeopardises the future of the plant. Cutting back on Sizewell not only undermines the UK’s commitment to achieve net zero but threatens our ability to keep the lights on in the future. It is nonsensical.

 “Far from reneging on the promise to build Sizewell C, the government should be investing in the jobs, energy stability and diversity that new build nuclear energy provides.”

Simon Coop also warned that the government’s public expenditure cuts will result in massive job losses.

“Huge cuts to our public services are not inevitable.  The government can and should make other choices. This is a political choice made to appease Sunak’s friends in the city. Unite’s resistance to mass redundancies will be fierce and prolonged. As recession looms it is absolute madness to slash major infrastructure projects, like Sizewell C”.


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Unite is the UK and Ireland’s leading union fighting to protect and advance jobs, pay and conditions for members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Sharon Graham.