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Up to 100 contractors’ jobs at risk as project work halted

UP to a hundred contractors are at risk of losing their jobs as work has suddenly come to a stop on a major Sellafield project to help reduce high hazards on the site.

Construction has halted temporarily on building a silos encapsulation plant because an urgent engineering review has to be carried out.

But it means that the construction workers may have to be laid off while it takes place.

A Sellafield spokesman told The Whitehaven News yesterday: “We are aware that our decision is likely to have an impact on the number of contracting staff working on the project and the main sub-contractor (Vinci) has today taken steps to inform its workforce that redundancies are likely.

“Although issues such as these are common in contracting work, it is always regrettable when jobs are at risk. We will be working closely with Vinci and Nuvia over the coming days and weeks to establish how our decision will impact their workforce but our initial understanding is that there may be up to 100 people involved.”

Explaining the reason for the expected lay-offs, the spokesman added: “We are currently undertaking an engineering review of a complex project which is at an important point in its development to ensure we proceed into the next stage on a strong basis.

“As part of this review, construction work on the project has been temporarily suspended while we focus our attention on design engineering work.

“This decision has not been taken lightly, it is entirely the responsibility of Sellafield Ltd and has been made to ensure we focus our resources on essential engineering work on the project. We have a duty to ensure we provide value for money for the taxpayer.

“It is in no way a reflection on the performance of the contractors who have been working hard to accelerate the site based work on the project over recent months.” The new silos (SD) will support decommissioning work by processing waste retrieved from the Magnox swarf storage silos.

It is regarded as one of the high hazard decommissioning projects on the site.

Threatened industrial action by more than a hundred Mitie contract staff employed on the site has been called off pending more talks with the GMB union.

The action over a pay dispute was due to start last night (Wednesday) with an overtime ban followed by successive Monday strikes.

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These contractors where promised seven years work by vinci construction,many of them leaving jobs for the promise of long term work,these contractors have been treated like battery hens discarded on to the scrapheap,its an absolute disgrase that sellafiel play with peoples lives in this very distastfull manner.SHOCKING.

Posted by Claire on 12 April 2012 at 19:23

It appears the NDA are no more efficient than the late unlamented BNFL. Together with the Evaporator, 'back-of-fag-packet' estimates, all very de ja vu!

Posted by Michael Levington on 12 April 2012 at 16:05

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