Unite Scotland has today (27 August) responded to the announcement by energy giant EDF Energy, that Hunterston B nuclear reactors are to move to defuelling by no later than 7 January 2022.  

The Hunterston B reactors have been generating electricity since 1976 and EDF wanted to keep them both going until at least 2023.  However, the company has taken the decision to bring forward the plans affecting approximately 580 workers. 

Unite Scottish Secretary, Pat Rafferty, said: “This is sad news but not unexpected for the dedicated and loyal staff who have provided decades of safe, reliable, low carbon electricity for Scotland.  Unite will continue to work with EDF over the coming months to ensure a just transition for the workforce to ensure these highly skilled members are retained”.

Unite National Officer, Peter McIntosh, for the energy and utilities sector, said: “It’s vital now that the UK Government commit to replacing the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactor fleet and give a clear commitment, building new nuclear power stations at Sizewell B in Suffolk and Moorside in Cumbria”.