Protest at AWE Aldermaston

26 May 2013

On April Fool's Day activists will be gathering at Aldermaston to tell the government to 'stop fooling with nuclear weapons'.

The Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) at Aldermaston near Reading, is responsible for design and production of Britain's nuclear warheads- the explosive bomb part of the weapon. Those made for our current nuclear weapons system, Trident, have an explosive power 8 times that of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945.

The first Aldermaston March was at Easter 1958 and opposition to the site has continued ever since. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) argue that it's time to scrap Trident warheads and demands an end to the production of nuclear warheads.

In 2002, AWE Management Ltd published a plan to redevelop and build new facilities at the Aldermaston site for research, hydrodynamic testing and handling plutonium, highly enriched uranium, tritium and explosives as well as for assembling new warheads. Costs are estimated to be in excess of £5 billion. The CND believes that the purpose of the new facilities is to develop anew generation of nuclear weapons to replace Trident submarines when they reach the end of their service life in 2028.

Activists on the 1st April will be highlighting the fact that vast sums of money are being poured into developing this site, even though no final decision has yet been taken on whether or not Trident should be replaced.

Trade unions including ASLEF, CWU, NUJ, PCS, RMT, TSSA, UNITE and Unite have said no to Trident replacement - contributing to a vote to oppose it at the TUC Congress in 2006. If you agree that it’s Time to Scrap Trident meet outside AWE Aldermaston at 12noon on Monday 1st April.

 

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