One of EDF’s unions has threatened to launch a strike if the French utility decides to go ahead with its project to build two nuclear reactors in Britain. Force Ouvriere (FO), one of EDF’s smaller and more radical unions, said in a statement it would call a strike if EDF management schedules a board meeting to decide on the 18 billion pound (22.3 billion euros) Hinkley Point project before the May 12 EDF annual general shareholders meeting. “If a board meeting is scheduled, we will launch a strike to demand that the Hinkley Point project is delayed,” FO union leader Jacky Chorin told Reuters. Chorin said he did not know whether other unions would follow FO’s lead. “Once the strike is on, I could see CGT and CFE-CGC follow, as they are also against the project,” he said. The CFE-CGC union, which represents managerial staff, has been the most critical of the project. Late last month, Christian Taxil, EDF board member for CFE-CGC, said in a letter to employees he would vote against Hinkley Point. The CGT union, EDF’s most powerful union with three seats on the EDF board, has also asked management to delay the project. EDF’s unions do not have the power to delay or block the project, but their public resistance to Hinkley Point is a stark break with a long consensual tradition at EDF.
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