Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, has today (Thursday 1 August) asked for an urgent meeting as to the business rationale for the earlier than expected closure of the Aberthaw coal power station in south Wales next March.

RWE Generation today announced the proposed 31 March closure of the Aberthaw B coal fired power station, near Barry, with the loss of about 170 jobs.

Unite regional officer Kelvin Mawer said: “We will be asking for an urgent meeting with the management of RWE Generation for them to explain the earlier than expected closure of the plant.

“We want to know why the closure of the plant has been brought forward to next March from the anticipated date of 2021.

“Since 1971, this power station has greatly contributed to the UK’s energy ‘mix’, so the loss of the 170 jobs will be a very hard blow for the workers, their families and, more generally, the south Wales economy.  

“Unite will be giving its members maximum support at this very difficult time in the weeks and months ahead.

“The reasons given for the closure are economic - the plant has rarely run over the last few months, however, the decision to close has come a lot earlier than expected.

“When we meet the company we will be exploring redeployment opportunities for our members within RWE Generation.”

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Notes to editors:

For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065
Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.