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.

For more oil and gas news please follow us on twitter.

Vacancies By Email

Get There First With Vacancies By Email

Get specific job types, tailored to your requirements, sent straight to your inbox as soon as they are available. Register Now »

Latest Oil & Gas Jobs

Installation Engineer / Methods Engineer (Renewables) Contract | London, London, England | £600 Per Day

Blueprint Recruitment Solutions have a new opportunity for an Installation Engineer to join a global quality assurance and risk Management Company, on contract in London.
Read More »

Subsea Pipeline Engineer Permanent | London, London, England | £55,000 Per Annum

Blueprint Recruitment Solutions have a new opportunity for a Subsea Pipeline Engineer to join our client client on a permanent basis in Greater London.
Read More »

Expediting / Inspecting Officer Permanent | Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England | Negotiable

We are currently seeking an Expediting / Inspection Officer to join a specialist contractor to the Oil & Gas industry on a permanent basis in Kingston-upon-Thames.
Read More »

Trainee Methods Engineer Permanent | Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England | £40,000 Per Annum

We are currently seeking a Trainee Offshore Methods Engineer to join a Leading Engineering and Installation company working within the Offshore Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy sector.
Read More »

Buyer Contract | Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England | £40.00 Per Hour

We are currently seeking a contract Buyer to work in the energy sector in Kingston-upon-Thames. Due to an increasing workload, they are seeking an experienced Buyer with specific experience in offshore subcontracts including dredging, rock dumping and sub
Read More »