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Serious questions over lack of UK job in energy strategy

07 Apr 2022
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GMB, the energy union, has responded to the Government’s energy strategy announcement today. 

Gary Smith, GMB General Secretary, said:

“Looking beyond the ‘aims’ and ‘ambitions’ of this plan, there are serious questions about the worrying lack of specific commitments on UK jobs.

“Lofty promises of tens of thousands of jobs in offshore wind just don’t stack up when the UK continues to award vital new projects to companies based in authoritarian regimes.

“The UK should be building this energy future, not surrendering it to other nations.

“At least the government has finally woken up to what GMB has been saying for years: new reactors are the only way we can secure the UK's energy security and there can be no net zero without new nuclear.

“We need clarity on the new reactors, SMRs and their supply chains, so that jobs are created at home and not shipped overseas.

“After years of dither and delay, it’s time to get on with it and put spades in the ground.”

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