The mission to safely decommission the Magnox sites has always predicted reducing staff numbers over the coming years. Following a review of the requirements for delivering the closure programme, we now have more detail on the workforce profile required for the period up to September 2016.
This week we shared information with our staff about the proposed reductions across our 12 sites. Across the organisation, we expect there to be 1,400-1,600 reductions across the 12 sites over the period to September 2016. This reduction includes staff, agency and contract resource.
These proposed reductions arise from planned step downs in the work programme at a number of sites and the implementation of a more streamlined operating model for delivering decommissioning.
We will seek wherever possible for these reductions to be through voluntary means and we will endeavour to re-train staff in roles where we are currently reliant on agency resources.
We are now going through a period of formal collective consultation with our recognised Trade Unions and individual consultation and counselling staff before an appropriate best fit exercise begins.
It is our intent to further mitigate the impact of these reductions by offering alternative roles in the wider Cavendish Nuclear/Fluor business and elsewhere through a number of existing mechanisms.
We will work with the Trade Unions to support our employees and to ensure that changes are managed fairly, with respect for the individuals involved and in a way which makes best use of the important skills the workforce have built up.
Please see this page for a statement from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority