Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 22 July 2014

'1,500 job losses' at nuclear site

Sellafield complex in Cumbria

More than 1,500 jobs are set to be lost at a nuclear site because of cuts in spending, a leading union has claimed.

The GMB said around 570 workers at Sellafield in Cumbria will be made voluntarily redundant between now and the end of the year, 300 agency staff will be laid off and 650 vacancies will not be filled.

The union also raised fears that more jobs could be axed after the Government's comprehensive spending review later this month.

Officials said the job losses will impact on all grades including operating staff, administrative workers, professional and technical staff and management posts, reducing the total number of workers to around 9,000.

Regional officer Steve Gibbons said: "GMB's fears on job losses at Sellafield have now come to pass with these 1,500 job losses. Spending cuts have led to the scope of work to be done being reduced and has given rise to these job losses.

"These job losses are short-sighted as the work will still need to be done, probably at higher costs later. West Cumbria will also be badly hit by the loss of these much-needed jobs. People are asking, is this the end for job losses or just the start as we await the Government statement on spending."

Meanwhile, London Underground (LU) is to axe 400 office and management jobs and leave a similar number of vacancies unfilled, it was announced.

The news was condemned by unions embroiled in a bitter dispute over the loss of 800 ticket office jobs, which has led to a series of Tube strikes and could lead to more disruption next month.

LU said it was reviewing all non-frontline services to make sure it becomes more efficient.

Bob Crow, general secretary of the Rail Maritime and Transport union, described the latest job cuts as "savagery", adding: "This underlines the deepening crisis LU is in."