France’s electricity provider EDF is to slash thousands more jobs by 2019, proloning its redundancies programe for another year. EDF, which is 85 percent state-owned, aims to shed 5,200-7,000 jobs by the end of its four-year restructuring plan. At the end of 2019 it hopes to have 60,200-62,050 employees, compared to 67,200 at the end of 2015, according to several trade union sources. The unions are worried about this downsizing, given that the company has embarked on major projects including the construction of two nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point in the UK and the overhaul of France’s nuclear power stations. The unions want to know if the figures take account of the proposed closure of France’s oldest operating nuclear reactor at Fessenheim in Alsace.
RFI 2nd Feb 2017 read more »
Utility EDF has rejected a French parliamentary committee report on the technical and financial feasibility of decommissioning its nuclear power plants. The report claims the clean-up of French reactors will take longer, be more challenging and cost more than EDF anticipates.
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