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Nuclear construction workers vital for net zero, says union

by Mark Cantrell
The UK government has announced it is to invest £679m and take a 50% share in the proposed Sizewell C nuclear power plant project.

The skills bridge created between Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C are invaluable for reaching Britain’s net zero targets, says a trade union for the construction industry.

The trade union Unite made its remarks after it was reported that Hinkley Point C could face delays and over-running costs, arguing that the skills and experience gained on the project should ensure the latter is delivered in a more cost-effective and timely manner.

Unite’s national officer, Jerry Swain said: “Hinkley has created a highly skilled nuclear construction workforce, who are invaluable to delivering the fleet of nuclear power stations required for the UK to reach its target of net zero.

“There is now a skills bridge between Hinkley and Sizewell, thanks to the continuing efforts of Unite, the client and the contractors, that will lead to significant improvements in productivity.”

The union’s national officer, Jason Poulter added: “Lessons learned at Hinkley Point C should allow Sizewell C to be built on time and on budget. If we are to fully realise the benefits of the expertise Hinkley’s workforce bring, including from the growing amount of apprentices, who already number 1,300, Sizewell must proceed as planned. This in turn will create more highly skilled, well-paid roles for British workers.”

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