Dai Hudd, Prospect deputy general secretary, said: “At today’s preliminary meeting the minister was faced with our members’ concerns and agreed to further discussions in February to see if they can be addressed.
“However, there needs to be genuine progress in a number of areas and a quick resolution to this process or members will rightly demand that our plans for action on this issue are progressed further.”
The trade unions also agreed to enter into further exploratory, without prejudice discussions with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and now also involving government officials.
They will write to the NDA setting out the basis on which they are prepared to have discussions and explaining why progress needs to be made quickly for this process to be worthwhile.
There was also discussion of a government proposal to impose a cap on compensation paid to nuclear workers after their role is made redundant when work on cleaning up nuclear sites is completed.