EDF Energy is reducing the workforce at its Hinkley Point C nuclear plant project to about 2,000. The company said that the remaining skilled workers will focus on critical areas and work in shifts with extra transport and staggered breaks to minimise contact.
The reduction will allow easier social distancing in operational areas and sites such as canteens, an EDF statement said.
Matt Roberts, GMB Regional Officer said: “After the Prime Ministers announcement yesterday and due to the sheer scale and number of people involved in the Hinkley Point C Project, it has become clear that despite the best efforts of the trade unions, employees, and the Project Board, it has become almost impossible to maintain full operations with the vital new measures introduced to combat COVID19. Safety is everyone’s top priority.
“We are aware that EDF and the companies involved are exploring options to keep workers, including the new government Furlough scheme, and we will work with them to find solutions to the short term issues thrown up by the current crisis.”