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EDF deal to decommission nuclear reactors welcome

23 Jun 2021
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GMB Union will work with EDF to make sure workers are retrained and well paid, skilled jobs continue during defueling and beyond

GMB, the energy union, has welcomed a deal between BEIS and EDF to decommission nuclear reactors.

Under the scheme, the energy giant will continue to own and operate sites until the defueling of the reactors and fuel free verification is achieved.

Ownership will transfer to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority to manage decommissioning through Magnox as the Site License Company, subject to regulatory approval.

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said:

"The fact that these sites will remain with EDF during defueling is welcomed.

"GMB - along with other unions - has signed a significant and ground-breaking defueling agreement with EDF.

“Today’s announcement will give employees certainty and GMB will work hard with EDF to make sure workers are retained, retrained and well paid, skilled jobs continue during defueling and beyond. “

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