Rejected Nirex to lay off staff

Nirex is set to lay off more than 200 staff and contract workers, following the dismissal of its case to build an underground rock laboratory at Sellafield. The nuclear-waste company’s board meets today, and more details of the redundancies should follow next week. Michael Folger, Nirex’s chief executive, said on Monday that there would `obviously […]

Nirex is set to lay off more than 200 staff and contract workers, following the dismissal of its case to build an underground rock laboratory at Sellafield.

The nuclear-waste company’s board meets today, and more details of the redundancies should follow next week.

Michael Folger, Nirex’s chief executive, said on Monday that there would `obviously be implications for the jobs of both staff and contractors’ as the company was forced to change its programme for next year.

The 27-strong team from Cementation and geoscience specialist Giga, working on the shaft-sinking contract for the planned rock characterisation facility will leave the site today, and the remaining 79 staff on contract to the Nirex team will return to their parent companies.

A total of 38 Nirex staff working at the site are at risk and a spokeswoman confirmed that there would be `a significant number of job losses’ among the 166 employees at the Harwell headquarters.

Some of the contract staff not employed at Sellafield also seem certain to go. `It’s not a happy place,’ she said.