It is understood the contracts of up to 80 workers at the Hinkley Point C construction site have ended after their roles were “no longer needed”. One worker has said the news came as a “bitter pill” when he was told on Friday (May 15), after he worked on the site through the coronavirus pandemic. The ending of the roles at the nuclear power station site are not linked to the coronavirus pandemic or specific cost saving measures, Somerset Live understands. The worker, who did not want to be named, said he was made “redundant with immediate effect” on Friday afternoon. He said: “We have struggled every day during this pandemic and the way EDF has managed the outbreak. This has made the risk we have being taking coming to site every day one bitter sweet pill to swallow.” EDF said it was not making redundancies, but that contracts were ending. A spokesman said today: “As the project progresses, Hinkley Point C has to ensure it has the right skills needed to deliver the next phase of work and to make the project as effective as possible. As a result, a number of roles supplied by contractors are no longer needed and these contracts are ending.” Construction of Britain’s first nuclear power plant in decades has continued during the coronavirus pandemic, as numerous workers had previously expressed their concerns about the perceived lack of social distancing measures. In response, social distancing measures have been implemented around the site and its canteen and its workforce has been cut to fewer than 2,500. We recently reported that five workers at the construction site near Bridgwater have tested positive for coronavirus and been told to recover and self-isolate at home. A number of employees from different companies have also been furloughed as Bylor has placed some of its workers on furlough leave, some employees on rotational furlough leave, while some continue to work at Hinkley Point C. EDF Energy previously said the station is due to be active towards the end of 2025, but the impact of coronavirus and social distancing at the site could affect when the power station will be operational.
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