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Prospect Lends Support to Nuclear Policy

Magazine article Public Finance

Prospect Lends Support to Nuclear Policy

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Whitehall's specialist trade union this week urged the government to plough ahead with proposals to build a new generation of nuclear reactors to meet Britain's energy needs.

But Prospect general secretary Paul Noon said that urgent action is required to ensure that the UK retains an adequate skills base across the nuclear industry, or 'new build will never get off the drawing board'.

He added that evidence has already revealed skills shortages across the industry'.

Prospect, which represents 15,000 civil and public service staff working in the nuclear sector including at public bodies such as the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority - is at loggerheads with other trade unions over the issue. Unions such as Unison and the T&G, for example, have campaigned against new reactors.

Like Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prospect sees nuclear power as the most effective medium-term method of meeting the UK's target to reduce carbon emissions, while producing the energy needed to satisfy rising domestic demand. …

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