A new report released this week shows that the UK could cancel plans to replace the Trident nuclear weapons system without job losses. The report echoes the findings of a 2016 report comissioned by Molly which concluded that Trident-related jobs in and around Devonport in Plymouth could be replaced within the emerging local ‘green’ economy, making use of the existing local skills and facilities.
The new report released this week examines how the skills, jobs, technology and infrastructure of the nuclear weapons industry could be transferred to other sectors of the economy, providing a net benefit to the UK. Responding, Molly Scott Cato said:
“Not only could we save billions of pounds by not renewing Trident we could also do so without job losses. Indeed, renewing Trident would safeguard just 11,500 civilian jobs in the UK, making them some of the most expensive jobs in the world. With a fraction of the money earmarked for Trident we could develop many new jobs, particularly in the green economy.
“This latest report echoes the findings of my own report on Devonport. We can abandon Trident and start transferring investment and skills into socially useful and sustainable jobs, making use of all the fantastic skills and resources available at Devonport.”