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4 February 2013
Flagship contract for the private sector in the nuclear industry is in trouble and it looks like a shambles while the bill for Sellafield and the wages for the top bosses have certainly improved but little else has at the site says GMB
GMB, the union for nuclear workers, responded to the Public Accounts Committee report on Sellafield. see notes to editors for copy of report and press statement.
Gary Smith GMB National Secretary for energy said" GMB has been saying for sometime that this contract is in real trouble. This was supposed to be a flagship contract for the private sector in the nuclear industry and it looks like a shambles. The bill for Sellafield and the wages for the top bosses have certainly improved but little else has at the site. The partners being criticised are Areva (French), URS, (American) and Amec (UK).
There is an increasing lack of trust in the consortium that runs the site both amongst the workforce and the wider community.
There needs to be immediate change at the top of the consortium and a radical re evaluation of the piecemeal hiving off of the nuclear sector to private sector companies that are clearly ill equipped to cope and have little interest in ensuring Britain has world class nuclear facilities.
GMB is calling for urgent meeting with Government in order we can get this mess sorted. "