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Nuclear workers to be balloted for strikes in pensions row

Staff at Sellafield nuclear plant in Cumbria after among the nuclear workers set to be balloted for strike action. Credit: PA

Thousands of nuclear workers across the UK are to be balloted for strikes in a row over pensions.

Around 16,000 workers from several trade unions will vote on whether to organise walkouts over Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's plans to make £660 million savings.

The workers are based at the following sites:

  • Sellafield (Cumbria)
  • Magnox (Anglesey)
  • Ayrshire
  • Dorset
  • Dumfriesshire
  • Essex
  • Gloucestershire
  • Gwynedd
  • Kent
  • Oxfordshire
  • Somerset
  • Suffolk
  • Direct Rail Services (Cumbria)
  • Dounreay Site Restoration Ltd (Caithness)
  • Low Level Waste Repository (Cumbria)
  • International Nuclear Services (Cumbria, Warrington)

The unions said the Government's expectation is for final salary pension schemes in place across the NDA estate to be reformed by April 2018.

Justin Bowden, national officer of the GMB, said action was proposed as the Government was "determined to break its promises" and was "not prepared to negotiate".

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Hitachi agrees deal to help fund UK nuclear plant

An artist's impression of the planned new nuclear power station at Wylfa Newydd. Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Hitachi Ltd and the Japanese government have reached a deal worth around 1 trillion yen ($8.5 billion) to fund a UK nuclear power plant project, according to a government official.

The Japan Bank for International Cooperation and the Development Bank of Japan will provide financing for the project, the official told Reuters.

The funding plans are a boost for the project, one of several new nuclear plants planned in the UK, which wants to replacing its ageing fleet of atomic reactors.

Hitachi's Horizon unit plans to construct at least 5.4 gigawatts of new nuclear capacity across two sites in Britain.

The funds will be provided for the first plant planned at Wylfa Newydd in Wales.

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