Union Call Decision to Hand Over Hinkley as "Total Betrayal"
Posted on: 01/07/2015

A recent decision to hand over the building of the Hinkley nuclear power stations to Chinese firms has been described by a Britain’s General Union (GMB) as a “total betrayal” of UK workers.

National officer of the GMB Gary Smith said: “It looks that the UK Government is preparing for a hand over of the future UK nuclear infrastructure to the Chinese state.

“This is a total betrayal of workers in the UK and of the long term interest of the UK economy. Amber Rudd accepts that UK manufacturers and the nuclear industry in the UK will play no part in the global nuclear industry which will be dominated by China.

“The UK Government is relying on foreign state owned companies to fund th development of new nuclear stations having stood down UK state owned companies to do the job that the private sector is clearly not prepared to do.”

Energy Secretary Amber Rudd responded to this stating: “The UK government welcomes overseas investment in the UK’s new nuclear programme. This includes investment and participation from Chinese companies in the Hinkley Point C project and progressive involvement more generally in the UK’s nuclear new build energy programme.

“In the future, this could include leading the development of a site in the UK and the potential deployment of a Chinese reactor technology in the UK, subject to meeting the stringent requirements of the UK’s independent nuclear regulatory regime.”

The transfer of Hinkley to Chinese firms has been on the table for a while- how it will affect the construction is yet to be seen.

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