Support for Sellafield

The Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins MEP made a special journey to BNFL Sellafield on Friday to express his support and encouragement to the workforce at a time when their jobs and livelihoods are under threat.

"Recent events and the publicity surrounding them have damaged morale amongst the 10,000 or so people who work at Sellafield", said Sir Robert, "and I wanted to tell employees myself how important a role they play in the Region and how highly they are valued by the nation as a whole".

The North West Tory MEP met representatives of the Management and Trades Unions and learnt for himself how the problems connected to the Japanese Reprocessing Contract were relatively insignificant secondary quality controls and had absolutely no effect on safety procedures in any way. "No one condones the sloppy and inefficient behaviour of a tiny number of employees and their immediate management", commented Sir Robert. "but we need to get things in perspective. The individuals concerned have been dismissed and new procedures put in place. There is no justification for scare stories or exaggerated media headlines," he continued, "I told the workforce at Sellafield that I, for one, am very proud of the huge and impressive contribution that they make to both the regional and national economy and that I would do all in my power to ensure that existing export contracts were not broken merely because of misleading and sensational reactions by anti-nuclear activists. And that applies just as strongly to the excellent workforce at Springfields, Preston.

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