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GMB union ‘stunned’ at the decision to close Dungness B

08 Jun 2021
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GMB, the union for energy workers, has called for ‘certainty and security’ for Dungness B workers after EDF’s surprise decision to begin immediate defueling of the nuclear plant. 

The closure of the site comes after the energy giant highlighted ‘station specific risks’ to move the plant into the defueling stage, seven years ahead of schedule. 

As a result, EDF has taken a decision not to restart the plant. 

GMB was aware of plans to speed up decommissioning, after EDF said they were considering starting the procedure to shut the station down later this year

However the workforce was stunned that the decision has been taken so quickly and GMB is calling for reassurances that workers jobs are secure. 

The union has also called on the UK government to stop delaying and back nuclear energy as the only way to hit net-zero by 2050. 

Gary Carter, GMB National Officer, said: 

“Although this might not have come out of the blue, GMB members at Dungeness have been stunned by the decision yesterday to move to defueling.  

“What is needed now is certainty and security for the workforce. These are dedicated workers who’ve built up years of knowledge and their skills need to be utilised if we’re going to hit net-zero by 2050.  

“Today’s decision highlights that after 10 years of inaction from this Tory Government - we still need nuclear to achieve net zero. 

“it’s about time they stopped delaying and made a financial commitment to new nuclear and thousands of and well-paid skilled jobs.” 

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