MP meets union over potential job cuts


THE Member of Parliament for Fylde met with union chiefs at Westinghouse’s Springfields site following the announcement of potential job cuts at the plant.

Mark Menzies arranged the meeting after it was revealed Canadian firm Cameco had chosen to end its contract with the company two years earlier than expected, putting a number of jobs at risk.

And Mr Menzies wanted to offer his support to workers during a time of uncertainty at the site.

He said: “Following a meeting with management, it was important for me to go out to Springfields and speak to the unions about what the end of these contracts meant for their members.

“During my time as Member of Parliament for Fylde I have hosted a number of meetings between Westinghouse, the unions and two energy ministers.

“On the back of that it was recently announced that three new reactors being built in the UK will use fuel which will be made at Salwick, securing jobs in Fylde for decades to come.

“Although obviously it is not good news about the Cameco contracts, the unions were upbeat about the future for jobs at the site and wanted to reassure their members there will be more highly-skilled engineering employment for years to come.

“We also discussed there being some kind of public event at the site so people in Fylde can get more of a grasp of what goes on at Salwick.”


PICTURE: Mark Menzies MP with Gill Wood from Prospect at Westinghouse’s Springfields site

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