Dounreay nuclear site feel undermined, undervalued and are deeply concerned about health and safety, claiming managers give higher priority to hitting targets than their duty of care. The GMB union is now seeking an urgent meeting with the Scottish Government to discuss the findings of a survey of its members at the Caithness plant. The survey revealed concerns over a perceived lack of control shown through recent safety incidents. The union said one worker had summed up the feelings of many with the statement: “How many fires, people getting hurt, improvement notices, environmental non-compliance, main entrance barriers getting damaged, stress cases and bullies, fuel/oil spills and missed equipment does it take…” The high turnover of senior management; low levels of staff morale; high sickness levels, and the poor value to the taxpayer of the decommissioning programme, have also been highlighted in the survey. In addition the workers’ sense of alienation was exacerbated by discontent over pay issues and bonuses.
Converting a former Scottish nuclear plant into a green energy park could create more than 500 jobs, it has been claimed. Scotia Global Energy (SGE) wants to build
the energy business park on the site of the former Chapelcross power station in Dumfries and Galloway. The power plant, near Annan, which was also used to develop the UK’s nuclear weapons programme, was decommissioned in 2004. The proposal contains plans for lowrent premises for start-up and experimental energy companies.
Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm Rosatom is in final stages of talks for a contract to build a nuclear power station in Egypt, a senior official of the company said.