Closure of Cottam coal-fired power station ‘a sad day’ for the workers, says Unite
- Thursday 7 February 2019
Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will be exploring alternative employment for the workers who will lose their jobs when the Cottam coal-fired power station in Nottinghamshire ceases generation on 30 September.
EDF Energy said today (Thursday 7 February) that the decision reflects the challenging market conditions over the last few years and the drive to decarbonise electricity generation.
Unite national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “The announcement of this closure has been on the cards for the last 12 months.
“It is not unexpected, but it is still a sad day for the workers and their families as this plant has been generating for more than 50 years.
“Unite’s role will be to continue to constructively engage with the EDF management about the redeployment of the more than 150 employees affected.
“We will aim to match the skills and aspirations of the Cottam workers with opportunities for redeployment within the EDF ‘family’.
“This announcement has to be seen in the wider context of creating a low carbon economy. The UK committed to climate change obligations when it signed up to the Paris Agreement in 2016.”
Unite has about 100 members at Cottam.
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
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.