Printer Friendly

Hundreds of jobs axed as nuclear site set to close.

HUNDREDS of jobs will be lost after it was announced that a nuclear reprocessing site is to close.

The Thermal Oxide Reprocessing Plant (Thorp) at Sellafield in Cumbria, which employs around 800 workers, is to close in 2018 after current contracts are completed, it was confirmed yesterday. The Prospect union said the news had come as a "great disappointment", adding that only a fraction of the existing workforce will remain during the clean-out phase prior to decommissioning.

National officer Mike Graham said: "Today's announcement comes as a great disappointment to our members at Thorp who believe firmly that the plant has a future and have been actively campaigning for new reprocessing contracts.

"The announcement, though not surprising, is sudden and it is fair to say that the way this was communicated to the workforce could have been better.

"The closure will see a reduction in the numbers employed on the plant once operations cease, with only a fraction of the existing staff remaining during the clean-out phase prior to decommissioning."

Prospect said it will press the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on the potential redeployment of staff affected by the decision.

The authority said in a statement that the closure decision was confirmed after it completed a strategic review of the options for the management of oxide fuels.

It added that the plant would be cleaned and then de-commissioned after 2018.
COPYRIGHT 2012 MGN Ltd.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2012 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2012
Words:229
Previous Article:Excrement is thrown at passing cars.
Next Article:Have a say on developments in your area.
Topics:

Terms of use | Copyright © 2016 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters