Scrapping Trident would not only be the right decision morally, but also be a boost for jobs, says Molly ahead of a Parliamentary vote on the renewal of the nuclear weapons system next Monday.
Molly has commissioned a report looking into alternative jobs for those currently employed at the refitting base for Trident submarines in Devonport, Plymouth. The report considers how the current 2000 or so Trident-related jobs in Plymouth could be replaced within the emerging local ‘green’ economy, making use of existing local skills and facilities.
Ahead of the launch of the full report in the autumn, the authors have concluded that, ‘decommissioning Trident is both possible and desirable’ and, ‘the current jobs linked with Trident are limited and can and should be replaced through a growing renewables sector’. The report also concludes significant green jobs can be created for just a fraction of the public money that would go into replacing Trident. Molly said:
“Some people, including some Trade Unions, argue that the UK’s Trident nuclear weapons system helps sustain thousands of high-quality jobs in the UK, including in Plymouth in my South West constituency. But this report blows that argument clean out of the water. For far less public money, we could invest in socially productive employment to replace Trident-related jobs.
“The full report into possible alternatives to Trident-related jobs in Plymouth will be published in September. But I am issuing some early findings in the hope that MPs will see sense, and will reject the Government’s plans to waste billions of pounds of public money on a weapons system that could never be used without creating an unimaginable humanitarian and environmental catastrophe.
“Trident is militarily useless, immoral, and goes against our obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Scrapping Trident will help build a society for the common good. Creating new green jobs can be viewed as an act of peace; nuclear defence is an industry of war.”