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Rolls Royce Raynesway
At  the Rolls Royce Raynesway factory in Derby the reactors and fuel rods for the nuclear propulsion units in the Trident and new Astute class submarines are manufactured. The work includes the provision of heavy pressure vessels, nuclear cores and steam raising capacity. Rolls Royce is also investing heavily in preparation for civil nuclear power contracts. The factory is located on the flood plain of the river Derwent and next to two large conurbations. The nuclear  industry is inherently dangerous, unable to find a solution to the long term problem of waste disposal and in denial of the scientific evidence of health risks. And accidents will happen, as Astute has just demonstrated off Skye! The safety reassurances of  big multi-nationals appear worthless as environmental disaster after disaster show, from Bhopal to recent oil spill  in the Gulf of Mexico.
Campaign Update
Winter 2017

The UK’s Trident missile programme has always been based on the assumption that a minimum of four submarines is needed to provide a credible “continuous at sea deterrence” (CASD): that is one at sea, one in reserve, one in training and one being repaired. However, for the last two years
the Royal Navy has been coping with only three available boats, thanks to a major fault that requires not just deep maintenance but structural repair.

It is at the Rolls-Royce factory at Raynesway in Derby that the submarines are manufactured. However Government plans for the next generation of Trident submarine reactors are under threat from staff shortages and spending cuts, according to an expert report for the Ministry of Defence. The report criticises the MoD’s nuclear submarine programme as “introspective”, “somewhat incestuous” and warns it’s facing a “perfect storm” of problems. It also urges the MoD to work more closely with the civil nuclear power industry. Critics warn that the MoD is putting public safety at risk by cutting corners, and that nuclear defence could be “cross-subsidised” by the civil industry.

Last week former military chiefs warned that British armed forces were no longer fit for purpose. The army was 20 years out of date, the navy under-funded and the air force at the edge of its engineering capacity, according to General Sir Richard Barrons, who retired last year as commander of joint forces command.
The submarine report was commissioned by the MoD in 2014 after a radiation leak at the Vulcan reactor testing facility near Dounreay in Caithness. The leak forced a £270 million rejig of the refuelling programme for existing Trident submarines based on the Clyde. But the report has been kept secret since then, until a heavily-censored version was released by the MoD earlier this month under freedom of information law.

Campaign Update
Autumn 2017

Nuclear Deterrence doesn’t work!
Craig Murray wrote recently:

'If the theory of nuclear deterrence holds true – and it is the only argument the supporters of WMD have got – then we should all be cheering the North Korean bomb. The logic of nuclear deterrence is that it is much better that every state has nuclear weapons, because then we can all deter each other. It is demonstrably true that possession of nuclear weapons is not a deterrent to other nations acquiring them. But it is supposed to deter other nations from using them. In which case, surely the more the merrier, so we can all deter each other.
The madness of the argument is self-evident. We are borrowing hundreds of billions we cannot afford for Trident, yet in all the reams of analysis of what to do about North Korea, Trident never gets a mention. It is a system entirely useless even in the one situation in which it was supposed to be effective.'

‘What is the difference between a nuclear bomb and an ordinary bomb?’ a student asked recently. The people of Japan know the difference – the decimation of two entire cities and their populations in a flash in August 1945, the radiation sickness that killed so many in the months, years, decades that followed.  Nuclear weapons leave effects that pass from one generation to another, they do not respect any borders for the water, soil and air they pollute know no boundaries. And today’s nuclear weapons are so powerful they would cause a ‘nuclear winter’, having such an impact on the atmoshere that we would all be facing long-term famine.

Every year a vigil is held on 9th August to remember all who died or were affected by those two bombs in 1945 – and to honour their memory by calling for a different way to conduct international affairs, one that does not involve the threat of mass murder. It is held outside Rolls-Royce in Derby because Raynesway ‘is the centre of Rolls-Royce’s specialist nuclear activities...the largest nuclear skills base in the UK.’

The Roll-Royce factory on Raynesway in Derby is not only central to the development & production of our nuclear submarines: it is the major employer of a highly skilled workforce which which is of great significance to the local economy. Derby Trades Council is holding an Industry Day Conference on 7th October exploring possibilities to diversify local weapons industry, engineering and scientific skills to invest in more sustainable & socially useful industries Derby CND is exploring the issues of diversification from military to civilian production and hopes to widen the debate through creating links with students and academics at Derby University, with a conference on diversification next year. Rolls-Royce has the skilled workforce and technical expertise to develop a range of state-of-the-art products which have a socially-useful purpose, a process that is less capital intensive and one which will lead to more not fewer jobs. This is the future.
More information: Viv Ring, Derby CND  viv.carnea@gmail.com; 0755 727 1015 facebook.com/EastMidsCND

We welcome the decision by Trades Union Congress 2017 to call on Labour to establish a Shadow Defence Diversification Agency ahead of the next general election. The agency will address the long-term challenges of a shrinking manufacturing sector by "developing an overall national industrial strategy including the possibility of conversion of 'defence' capacity".
Kate Hudson, CND general secretary, said:"This is very welcome news. Jobs are often presented as an argument in favour of Trident replacement, so it's essential that there is a plan to secure alternative high-skilled jobs - and to create many more jobs - if a Labour government decides to scrap the present government's £205 billion scheme. Following the 40th Anniversary of the 'Lucas Plan' we need to learn the lessons of that historic vision which set out how to deploy highly skilled defence workers into others areas of Britain's industrial economy. The Lucas Plan demonstrated the potential of using those skills for more socially beneficial economic activity, rather than weapons that would kill millions if they were used.A Shadow Defence Diversification Agency, involving the workforce, can begin the research now that a future government will need to scrap Trident and increase industrial employment.".

The UK’s Trident missile programme has always been based on the assumption that a minimum of four submarines is needed to provide a credible “continuous at sea deterrence” (CASD): that is one at sea, one in reserve, one in training anone being repaired. However, for the last two years the Royal Navy has been coping with only three available boats, thanks to a major fault that requiresnot just deep maintenance but structural repair.
Before 2014 the navy boasted four Vanguardclass Trident missile-equipped boats. They are nuclear-powered by means of a pressurised waterreactor, the PWR2, built by Rolls-Royce and tested at the Ministry of Defence’s Vulcan Naval ReactorTest Establishment, at Dounreay in Scotland. One of the reactors is kept at Vulcan for testing, while therest are fitted to submarines. In a confusing division of responsibility, Vulcan is operated by Roll-Royce “on behalf of the MoD”, but “led” by a small team from the Royal Navy. So, in 2012, when the PWR2 reactor at Vulcan started leaking low levels of radioactivity into its coolant water – it’s primary cooling circuit – suggesting the ones in the submarines might be similarly compromised, both the MoD and Rolls-Royce decided the best thing to do was, er, not to tell anyone.
The decision to keep the PWR2 incident secret was taken despite an assessment of the reactor by the Defence Nuclear Safety Regulator in November 2009 (itself kept secret for two years) which concluded that the PWR2 was “potentially vulnerable to a structural failure of the primary circuit” which could present “significant safety hazards to crew and the public” It was only when the Scottish Environment
Protection Agency became aware of an increase in discharges of radioactive gases around Vulcan that the problem was officially revealed  when the then defence secretary, Philip Hammond, had to admit in the Commons that “the reactor is not operating exactly as planned”. Vanguard’s reactor was the first to be hauled out in late 2015, in a £270m operation that is still underway and has by necessity, then, been out of commission for two years and the MoD has been told to wait until early 2019 to get it back.

Campaign Update
Summer 2017

Alarmingly tensions between the United States and North Korea have again reached crisis proportions. The unpredictable leaders of both countries are pursuing extremely provocative and destabilizing patterns of behaviour. The risk of this tense situation spiralling out of control should not be minimized.
Meanwhile the safety of nuclear weapon production is also question. Last year the revelation that a Trident missile test had to be aborted after the missile veered off course towards Florida highlights the danger nuclear weapons pose to the world. At the same time the US Nuclear Facilities Safety Board had to consider the future of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, (one of the US' main nuclear weapons facilities) after a fire broke out at the plutonium facility. The Board is unsure whether Los Alamos is competent to continue to operate and handle increasing quantities of plutonium in the coming years.
Additionally we are on the verge of the emergence of several key technologies, including swarming drones in large quantities covering large areas of ocean, massive expansion in the capability of computers, abilities to sense and communicate underwater, that will sooner or later render the stealth of submarines inoperable.
During the Election campaign candidates have been repeatedly asked if they would or wouldn't be prepared to launch a nuclear strike and in what circumstances they would be willing to order the mass killing of millions of people in a nuclear exchange.

“The incoming government will inherit a decision to replace the UK's nuclear weapons system, Trident, at a cost of more than £205bn. At a time when our public services are under continued financial pressure, this money could be spent much better in other government departments. It is time for action to rid the UK of these devastating weapons of mass destruction.
In just nine days time the international community will gather at the United Nations to conclude negotiations on a treaty to ban nuclear weapons. The last government boycotted the first round of talks, and we urge the new government to join the global mainstream and work towards a world free of nuclear weapons.
The UK has a chance to lead the world towards a new future free of the threat of nuclear catastrophe. CND and our supporters sincerely hope that progress can be made."
Kate Hudson on 9th June 17

The Roll-Royce factory on Raynesway in Derby is not only central to the development & production of our nuclear submarines: it is the major employer of a highly skilled workforce which is of great significance to the local economy. CND in Derby is exploring the issues of diversification from military to civilian production and hopes to widen the debate through discussions with the Trade Unions and creating links with students and academics at Derby University, with a conference on diversification in the autumn.

EMCND will continue to hold vigils outside the factory to draw public attention to the horrific consequences of nuclear warfare (the bombing of Nagasaki on Tuesday 9th August)  and of the nuclear accidents at Chernobyl & Fukushima.

 

Campaign Update
Autumn 2016

Disappointing as the Parliamentary vote on Trident was, it is by no means the end of the debate. Trident is a weapon system that can meet none of the key security challenges we face and is itself vulnerable to new technological threats. Its existence is, in reality, a relic of Cold War thinking designed to allow UK governments to bolster their status. In reality we are underestimating the risks that the proliferation of these weapons will result in global catastrophe, whether by accident or design.

A new military history paper highlights just how close the U.S. came to instigating a nuclear catastrophe. On May 23, 1967, a series of abnormally powerful solar flares caused U.S. military radar systems to malfunction. As these particular systems were created to detect Soviet missiles, U.S. officials interpreted the technological fluke as an intentional act of war. Consequently, members of the U.S. Air Force hurriedly prepared for the deployment of a nuclear missile-laden aircraft. Military officials eventually attributed the cause of the radar malfunction to solar flares with just moments to spare, and the deployment was called off.

It is because these weapons pose such a threat to all mankind that East Midlands CND continues to hold regular vigils outside the Rolls-Royce Raynesway factory in Derby where the motive power for the submarines is manufactured, most recently to commemorate Nagasaki Day on 9 August and Peace One Day on 21 September.

However we must recognise the importance of the Rolls-Royce factory to Derby, providing well-paid highly skilled jobs, vital to the economy of the area and the wellbeing of local communities. Jobs may well be already under threat there following a string of profit warnings and there has been speculation that the government might have to nationalise the divisions related to submarine defence. But a new publication from CND details exactly how the highly skilled jobs of the workforce can be redeployed. By simply re-directing a proportion of the money allocated to the Trident  replacement programme to other industries and to the existing needs of the decommissioning programmes for obsolete nuclear power plants, it would be possible to create many more highly specialised and highly paid jobs.

The topic for Derby CND Inaugural Meeting on Tuesday 29 November from 7.30pm at Friends Meeting House, Derby will be “Trident Replacement & Jobs”, the speaker will be Carol Turner from National CND & ICANN.

Campaign Update
July 2016

The Rolls-Royce factory in Derby, providing well-paid highly skilled jobs, is clearly vital to the economy of the area and the wellbeing of local communities who have often suffered the impact of industrial decline. It is important, therefore, to take seriously the fears of the workforce about the impact of cancelling the Trident renewal programme.

In April a book launch of the new edition of ‘Architect or Bee’ (about The Lucas plan for job diversification) took place in Nottingham under the auspices of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. The book focuses on how to manage significant changes in industrial production for the workers, families and communities affected. The plan proposed by the Lucas Aerospace shop-stewards when faced with threats to their jobs in the 1970s, provides a detailed blueprint for switching from arms production to a wide range of socially and environmentally useful products.

Some of the insights gained at the book launch contributed to the friendly and well-informed debate about Trident Renewal between Bruce Kent and 2 Trade Union Convenors from Rolls-Royce Derby Submarine Division, hosted by Derbyshire Dales Labour Party in Matlock. TU representatives took on board the work-related ethical issues, and liked Jeremy Corbyn’s Defence Diversification Plan, but remained sceptical about its political viability.

Either side the Labour Party debate there were demonstrations outside the Rolls-Royce Raynesway factory for the ‘International Day of Action on Military Spending’ on 18 April and a vigil to mark Chernobyl Day on 26 April. The latter was disrupted by an intense storm of hail & snow with gale-force winds, thunder and lightning!

There will be further vigils outside the factory to commemorate Nagasaki Day on Tuesday 9 August from 3-5pm and to mark Peace One Day on Wednesday 21 September from 3 - 5pm.

Campaign Update
Spring 2016

Work on replacing Trident began without a vote in Parliament when the ‘Initial Gate’ decision was made in 2011 to move from concept to design assessment. £1.24bn has been spent on Trident’s successor, with £730m has been spent on the assessment phase, including £350m to BAE systems & Rolls-Royce to design the new submarine.

Although the government insists that the Successor programme is running smoothly, evidence suggests that the MoD is struggling to manage the project. The expected costs of building four new submarines was revised last autumn from £25bn to £31bn with a further £10bn contingency set aside in February to cover unforeseen risks.

Last November the Strategic Defence & Security Review announced that a new body would be set up to oversee the entire Trident renewal programme, and new project management arrangements would apply – the equivalent of putting it into ‘special measures’, according to Macolm Chambers of the Royal United Services Institute!.

Meanwhile the MoD’s internal Defence Safety Regulator has been formally notified of 69 nuclear safety incidents involving nuclear reactor plant on the Royal Navy’s Astute class submarines over the last four years, 21 between January 2015 and January 2016.

East Midlands CND will be holding demonstrations at the Rolls- Royce gates, Raynesway, Derby on the following dates:-

Monday 18 April 3pm -5pm (Global Day of Action on Military Spending)
Tuesday 26 April 3pm -5pm (Chernobyl day)
Tuesday 9 August 3pm -5pm (Nagasaki Day)
Wednesday 21 September 3pm - 5pm (Peace One Day)

The two demonstrations in April are on either side of a Labour Party debate on Trident at County Hall, Matlock, on 26th April, at which a Rolls-Royce Trade Union Convenor will speak for Trident, opposed by Bruce Kent. Among the issues to be discussed will be the crucially important of matter of jobs and proposals for diversification.

Campaign Update
November 2015

According to the government’s new Strategic Defence & Security Review the costs of building four new submarines for the UK's Trident nuclear weapons programme has risen to at least £31 billion pounds, a rise of 20% over the past year, with the submarines not scheduled to enter into service until the early 2030s.

In addition to the anticipated costs, the government has set aside a contingency of £10bn for the Successor project, indicating a risk that costs could increase beyond the current estimates. The cost of the design phase, already underway, has now reached £3.9mn.

The government is clearly concerned at the vast scale of the programme, which is described as ‘the single biggest future financial risk we face’. Ministers have therefore decided to set up a single new body to manage the programme and strengthen arrangements for procurement.

The report restates policy on nuclear weapons as a ‘minimum deterrent’, with submarines on patrol carrying 40 nuclear warheads and no more than 8 operational missiles. Work on a possible new UK Trident warhead has been put back, at least to the late 2030s.

Meanwhile we learn that Rolls-Royce, a key manufacturer for the whole project, has issued four profit warnings over the past year, has sought legal advice from a top law firm as the Fraud Office investigates allegations of bribery, and that a US activist hedge fund has nearly doubled its stake in the company and is set to take a seat on the board.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
August 2015

EMCND continues to highlight the importance of Rolls-Royce’s involvement in the UK’s nuclear weapons programme at a vigil outside the factory on Saturday 8 August marking the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki in 1945. The testimonies from the hibakushi survivors were a horrific reminder of the unimaginable impact of these weapons, and the urgent calls from international scientists and humanitarians were read out.

There will be another vigil outside the factory to mark the 'International Day of Peace’ on  Monday 21 September from 3 - 4 p.m.

Jeremy Corbyn, CND’s chair, speaking at the annual CND Hiroshima commemoration in London, reiterated the need to cancel the proposed replacement of Trident, outlining a plan for a Defence Diversification Agency to redeploy the high-skilled workforce in the nuclear weapons sectors. Kate Hudson said: “As the only anti-Trident leadership contender, Jeremy Corbyn is not only giving a voice to the many Labour members who oppose nuclear weapons but is also setting out practical plans to transition the high-skilled workforce away from nuclear weapons production. A Britain without nuclear weapons will contribute to a more peaceful world – and one that can build a sustainable, high-skilled economy with secure, socially productive jobs.”

An investigation by Phil Johnston and Andy Stirling, published in the Guardian on 7 August, examined the links between nuclear power and weapons in a bid to understand the reasons for the power of the nuclear industry lobby.
They say:
“What if the links are less to do with the weapons themselves and more to do with wider technological systems required to run the associated nuclear submarines? ....Are there worries that loss of national civilian nuclear capacities will erode the capabilities required to make the UK’s nuclear deterrent credible? ... is there something akin to a UK ‘deep state’ fearful of losing the cherished elite identity on the world stage conferred by nuclear deterrence? ..... The separation between civilian and military nuclear activities is one of the most sacrosanct principles in global politics. It forms one of the most imminent threats of war. And – like other nations – the UK is bound by numerous treaty commitments which are foundational to the international order. ... Does the commitment to a submarine based nuclear deterrent help to explain the intensity of high-level UK support for costly, risky and slow nuclear power, rather than cheaper, quicker and cleaner renewable technologies?..
.Imminent decisions that the government must take over nuclear power and the nuclear deterrent are hugely significant. There is a responsibility on all involved to be open and accountable. Otherwise, it will not just be electricity consumers and taxpayers that pay the price, but British democracy itself.”

Rolls-Royce has won a leading role in a multi-billion-dollar nuclear decommissioning contract in Canada – prompting speculation the engineering giant will launch another assault on the lucrative British market. Rolls-Royce has been quiet about its role in the contract to detoxify Chalk River Laboratories in Ontario. The reactor that is central to the site started up in 1957 and is due to shut down in three years’ time.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
June 2015

Our campaigns at the Rolls-Royce Derby factory are shown to be of huge relevance, given the recent revelations by the Trident whistle-blower, Able Seaman McNeilly, which catalogue a shocking list of equipment failures, security breaches, and near-miss accidents on board HMS Vanguard, one of the Navy's nuclear-armed Trident submarines. In an 18 page report Able Seaman McNeilly exposed what he saw as potentially catastrophic safety and security failings which could cause a nuclear explosion in dock in Faslane, Scotland, or near the UK on patrol.
The report echoes other investigations into nuclear near-misses such as Eric Schlosser’s Command and Control – which uncovered US failings over the past 50 years which almost caused the deaths of millions in US cities.

Trident is the single biggest threat to UK security!                                                             
 CND’s General Secretary Kate Hudson said:
‘Make no mistake: these are damning charges against the UK’s nuclear weapons system. While Trident is supposed to keep us safe - this report paints a nightmarish picture of just how close we may have come to the UK’s own nukes causing the greatest catastrophe this country has ever seen.
If David Cameron and other top brass have been kept in the dark about awful security practices and potentially cataclysmic safety failings, this shows that this government just doesn’t know what it’s dealing with.
Trident isn’t the ultimate insurance policy. The report even claims the submarine failed three launch tests – meaning it couldn't have fired if it had wanted to. Maintaining nuclear weapons means playing with fire – and that is exactly what David Cameron is doing.
If one of the UK’s nuclear-armed submarines was to explode in dock it would be the responsibility of those who have argued that we need to keep nuclear weapons because we live in an uncertain world. Well this is one certainty: Trident is a disaster waiting to happen.’

Tellingly, the Ministry of Defence is avoiding a potentially embarrassing public examination of McNeilly’s allegations. Instead of prosecution under the Official Secrets Act he will face disciplinary action for going absent without leave from the Faslane naval base. It seems this is a tactic increasingly being used to avoid prosecutions which would give publicity for non-violent direct actions, such as the occupation of the Israeli Elbit drone factory in Shenston last year.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which obliterated the populations of those two cities. Today the world’s arsenals are packed with far more powerful nuclear weapons. On this very sombre occasion CND will be remembering those who died and reiterating our campaign against nuclear weapons. An International commemoration Fast will be held from 6 – 9 August and there will be a Vigil at Rolls-Royce Raynesway Derby
on Saturday 8 August from 3 – 5pm.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
March 2015

In spite of job cuts at the end of 2014 reflecting financial problems in the group and its first fall in sales in a decade, Rolls-Royce has announced plans to modernise its main aerospace site in Derby, re-routing Victory Road, which currently divides Rolls-Royce in half, to create one unified campus. The firm aims to apply for planning permission in March, following the public consultation in February, with work expected to begin in July 2016.

Presumably this reflects the assumption that whatever government is elected in May, the proposed renewal of the Trident nuclear weapon system will go ahead. And this confidence is probably not misplaced as it has been revealed that dozens of arms firms employees are currently seconded to the Ministry of Defence while 13 civil servants from the MoD have been seconded to the arms firm QinetiQ, the think tank ISRS, a cyber security firm and the BBC among others. The Campaign Against the Arms Trade states: “It is totally inappropriate for arms companies that will be lobbying for extra military spending to be working for departments that will buy their wares”. CAAT are holding an Arms to Renewables National Gathering, with workshops, speakers and discussions,  on Saturday 21 March in London.

For details see: www.a2r.org.uk & www.caat.org.uk/national-gathering
At the same time Roll-Royce are facing fresh allegations of corruption, this time in Brazil, while being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office into allegations of bribery in China & Indonesia. Yet more reasons to protest against the involvement of Rolls Royce in the manufacture of the replacements for Trident at their AGM on Friday 8 May.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
October 2014

Safety Concerns: An investigation by the Office for Nuclear Regulation is underway into a power outage which interrupted electricity supply to the Rolls-Royce Raynesway factory sometime between April and June this year but not announced publically by the company The off-site power supply feeding the plant, which manufactures fuel modules containing highly enriched uranium for the Royal Navy's nuclear powered submarines, was interrupted and subsequently became intermittent.  The incident affected on-site services, including ventilation extraction systems used to help contain radioactive contamination and there was an emergency muster of staff.
This at the same time as the company pleaded guilty to failures which led to an incident in March 2011, when three welders and a radiographer unknowingly handled harmful radioactive material that had been misplaced. On 29 September at Leicester Crown Court they were fined £200,000 and ordered to pay £176,500 in further costs for breaching safety regulations and causing the employees to be exposed to radiation. After the hearing, David Orr, the specialist inspector in radiation at the HSE said: “Gamma radiation emitted by this type of radioactive source is harmful to human health. Rolls-Royce is fully aware of the danger it poses and has a clear duty to protect staff from harm....there was no effective surveillance for 5 hours and the exposure of workers to radiation was considerably in excess of the annual permitted dose”.

Rolls-Royce benefits from large tranches of public money which is being invested in their participation in the UK’s nuclear weapons programme. We held a vigil outside the plant on 6 August, Hiroshima Day, to draw attention to the devastating consequences of the use of these weapons, displaying our contribution to the 7 mile pink scarf with which the Wool not Weapons campaign joined the AWE bases of Burghfield & Aldermaston on Nagasaki Day.

Rolls-Royce also has an influential role in our university education system through its activities at the Advanced Manufacturing research centre. At the start of ‘freshers week’ they braught their large mobile exhibition to the centre of Sheffield where we distributed leaflets about Trident and Rolls-Royce involvement with nuclear weapons.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
July 2014

On Thursday 1 May a group of peace activists from Sheffield & East Midlands attended the Rolls Royce’ AGM to challenge the Boardabout their involvement in the Government’s Trident Replacement programme. They highlighted the fact that the payload of each Trident submarine is 1000 times more destructive than the bomb used at Hiroshima and asked what the company response would be to a Trident nuclear strike, and what would be the impact on shareholders.

They held up banners that said “No More Trident” and “Trident Kills” and also asked questions about alternative uses for Rolls-Royce engineering expertise, such as green energy to sustain the planet, and what liability would fall to taxpayers if Trident were not replaced.
The Directors were confronted with the harrowing testimony of a Hiroshima survivor. Although the quote was lengthy, the chair was too disorientated to interrupt, and the board responded with nervous laughter.

Sketch made inside the QE11Conference Centre by an activist

Outside the Conference Centre more protestors from London and East Midlands CND gathered to call for Rolls-Royce to disengage from Trident manufacture, handing out 200 leaflets to those going into the AGM and to passers-by.

East Midlands CND continues to hold monthly vigils from 3 - 5pm outside the Rolls-Royce factory at Raynesway in Derby to draw attention to Rolls-Royce role in the nuclear industry.  On Tuesday 29 April we marked the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; on Wednesday 4 June it was for The International Day for Child Victims of War. The next vigil will be to mark Hiroshima Day on Wednesday 6 August. Contact the local groups in Chesterfield, Leicester and Nottingham for details of transport from each area.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
April 2014

The government has been heavily criticised for 'ratcheting up expenditure' on nuclear weapons, while calling for nuclear armed subs to be recalled from service in the wake of revelations over new safety issues. There were fresh demands for Trident to be scrapped and the replacement programme ended when the Defence Secretary announced that hundreds of millions would need to be spent on the submarine and facilities, following a radiation leak at a test nuclear reactor for the Vanguard submarines. £120 million will be spent replacing the reactor core of HMS Vanguard, the oldest of the four Trident submarines, while a further £150 million would have to be spent at Raynesway and Devonport construction and refitting facilities.
Kate Hudson, CND General Secretary, said: 'For all the government's bluster about reducing the deficit, it is always happy to ratchet up expenditure when it comes to nuclear weapons. It is outrageous that the government can allocate hundreds of millions of pounds to keep nuclear submarines at sea when they admit safety failures that they cannot yet explain the cause of.'

There will be serious questions for shareholders to put to Rolls-Royce at its AGM on 1 May when the company will need to explain why it has issued a profit warning in spite of the vast investment of government money. The Serious Fraud Office has launched a criminal investigation into claims that the company paid multi-million bribes in Indonesia & China, and in March India also announced a formal investigation into allegations of bribery and corruption. And then there are the three serious safety incidents at the plant at Raynesway in Derby in six months last year, investigated by the Office for Nuclear Regulation, and the claims by a senior engineer that he was sacked for whistle-blowing.

East Midlands CND will continue to hold monthly vigils outside the factory to draw attention to Rolls-Royce role in the nuclear industry.  The next one will be on Tuesday 29 April 3 - 5pm outside the Rolls-Royce factory, Raynesway in Derby to mark the anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, followed by  Wednesday 4 June on International Day for Child Victims of War Vigil.

We are also concerned about the secret military convoys travelling on roads through our region, carrying nuclear warheads from the nuclear weapons factory at Burghfield in Berkshire to the military submarine base at Coulport in Scotland. Nukewatch is a UK-wide network of concerned citizens who monitor these convoys. They would like to find more part time watchers in important areas that the convoy travels through, particularly the M1 route, northbound and southbound, as the warhead convoy sometimes uses this route, as it did recently,when it left the M1 at Leicester and travelled south on the M69.
For more information contact: spotters@nukewatch.org.uk and you can also view a video of the convoy here.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
February 2014

Trident at Raynesway Derby factory
The expanded Rolls-Rolls factory at Raynesway, Derby, now covers much of this part of the flood plain of the Derwent River. Each visit shows more concrete being laid, more piles driven, much of this financed by the successive tranches of public money. This is a material manifestation of the determination of government and large corporations to go ahead with replacement of Trident in advance of formal parliamentary decision. Some of the development at Raynesway may also be for civil nuclear power and other military projects (e.g. drone boats).

The government’s nuclear safety regulator has revealed that during the second half of 2013 three incidents took place at the site where the reactors for the UK’s nuclear powered submarines are produced. The first incident involved a fire in a machining area leading to an evacuation of the building; second was an incident in the ‘Neptune’ test reactor designed to evaluate equipment when an unplanned shutdown triggered the safety system; thirdly, a small volume of radioactive liquid was accidently released into an engineered secondary containment area. The review did not identify factors which would compromise safe operation, but a programme is now underway to implement improvements.

A new manufacturing facility is under construction as part of the MOD’s Core Production Capability regeneration project which will eventually replace the current plant for manufacturing reactor components and fuel. ONR has allowed construction of the first phase to go ahead independently of the second Product Assembly Building, which was to have had common foundation piling to avoid construction delays, although the design of the latter has not yet been finalised.

East Midlands CND will continue to hold vigils outside the factory during 2014 and plans further actions to highlight Roll-Royce complicity in the manufacture of weapons of mass destruction.
See: Forthcoming Events

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
November 2013

Trident Replacement at Derby
The expanded Rolls-Rolls factory at Raynesway, Derby, now covers much of this part of the flood plain of the Derwent River. Each visit shows more concrete being laid, more piles driven, much of this financed by the successive tranches of public money. This is a material manifestation of the determination of government and large corporations to go ahead with replacement of Trident in advance of formal parliamentary decision. Some of the development at Raynesway may also be for civil nuclear power and other military projects (e.g. drone boats)

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
September 2013

Rolls-Royce is a key player in the nuclear industry, both civil and military. It has abandoned its interests in marine technology for clean, renewable energy generation at precisely the moment when other countries are being forced to rethink their energy policies as a result of the Fukushima disaster. This is no accident – civil and military interests are inextricably linked. And all three main political parties appear equally hooked on an irrational macho attachment to the so-called ‘independent deterrent’. The Liberal Democrats, at their Party Conference voted for a scheme to keep submarines but with warheads locked up ashore, while the Labour Party fails even to mention it. Former minister, Nick Harvey, speaks of “a frankly almost lunatic mindset” among nuclear strategists. Opinion among much of the military now favours a non-nuclear policy, given that Trident’s submarine replacement will consume a third of defence procurement for a decade.

Retired General, Sir Hugh Beach, wrote in an article in Open Democracy:
“It is time  to examine why ‘one-sided nuclear disarmament’ is treated by politicians as beyond the pale, especially in view of the security and economic challenges associated with replacing Trident.

Fear of the ‘unilateralist’ label is obscuring the fact that there is now an overwhelming case to be made that the complete renunciation of nuclear weapons is in the British national interest. Most diplomats agree that the Trident replacement issue has no bearing on Britain’s United Nations Security Council membership, and nuclear weapons capability is one of the least relevant criteria for a country’s influence. Contrary to popular belief, it seems that US officials are pushing London to consider abandoning Trident. Many-sided disarmament offers an attractive way for politicians to stay on the fence, but makes no actual military or political sense – except perhaps as a tactic for postponing any decision to forgo nuclear weapons into the indefinite future.
Rather than stay trapped in misleading – and irrelevant – 1980s rhetoric about ‘unilateral’ versus ‘multilateral’ disarmament, it would be more sensible and straightforward to determine our own national interest.”

Nobody can explain when, where or how these terrible weapons would be used; they bear no reference to any plausible threat to Britain that could merit their use; and they are a blatant invitation to nuclear proliferation - it is time Rolls-Royce turned the skills of its workforce to developing the technology required by the renewable energy sector.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
June 2013

Bruce Kent, honorary vice-president of CND, called for Rolls-Royce to stop building submarine reactors and move into green energy instead when he spoke at Derby Cathedral on his ‘Scrap Trident Tour’ of Britain.

He added that jobs would not be lost if Rolls-Royce stopped working on the submarines as skilled engineers are needed to develop more sustainable energy generation from wind, water and wave-power to tackle climate change. "After World War Two, five million people went from working in a war industry to other jobs because there was an overall Government plan."

He said Rolls-Royce should sit down with business leaders to discuss what is needed in this country – “at the moment we are paying people to make the world a more dangerous place."During his talk, Mr Kent said of the North Korea situation: "If a student walks into a school with a grenade you don't give everyone else grenades, you try and get rid of the grenade the delinquent brought in."

After his talk he visited the site of the factory on Raynesway in Derby.
According to research published by the Mail on Sunday, Rolls-Royce, which is Derby's largest private-sector employer, was one of 12 large companies that did not pay any corporation tax – a tax on profits – in 2011.
The company claims 85% of its profits were made overseas, rather in the UK, and it added it spends "hundreds of millions of pounds" on research in the UK, which has allowed it to reduce its tax bill.
A demonstration was held outside the factory on 26 April to mark the anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster and draw attention to Rolls-Royce involvement in the Nuclear Power industry. There will be further demonstrations outside the factory through-out the year - see: Forthcoming Events

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
April 2013

Workers at the high-security Raynesway site design, manufacture and provide technical support to the Royal Navy's fleet of nuclear-powered submarines.
Atlantic House, officially opened by the Duke of Kent in March, is where much of Rolls-Royce's nuclear expertise is now based, and is the second phase of the regeneration scheme that involves investment of more than £1.5 billion. The first part of the project was a £39 million factory to produce components for reactors, which opened last year. The third, and largest, piece of the Raynesway jigsaw is the construction of the submarine reactor core manufacturing facility, which began two weeks ago.

Over the last 50 years, Rolls-Royce have designed two nuclear reactor types and are now designing PWR3 for the next generation of submarines in a programme of work that will go on into the mid-2020s. The factory will produce fuel for the reactor cores to be used on the Astute and Successor class of submarines, the latter being part of a contract with the Ministry of Defence worth more than £1 billion.
The MoD said that although a decision on the final design and build would not be made until 2016, detailed work had to take place now to ensure that the Successor submarines would be the most technologically advanced.
Eric Grove, director of the University of Salford's Centre for International Security and War studies said: "It's without commitment in theory but of course it is with commitment in practice. We wouldn't be spending this kind of money on design if it didn't look as if it was going to go forward."

Rolls-Royce are also contracted for the upgrade on the Vanguard Class submarine as part of a programme of planned works to improve the Royal Navy's fleet. The overhaul includes "refuelling" the submarines. A new reactor core made by engineers at Rolls-Royce's in Raynesway will be supplied to HMS Vengeance.
Workers at the high-security Raynesway site are also key to Rolls-Royce's strategy to take a chunk of the multi-billion-pound market to supply expertise in building nuclear power stations for global energy companies.

There will be regular demonstrations outside Rolls-Royce, Raynesway Derby through out the year, beginning with Bruce Kent’s visit as part of his countrywide ‘Scrap Trident Tour’.
See: Forthcoming Events

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
January 2013

The Rolls Royce factory on Raynesway in Derby has been manufacturing the the nuclear reactors which power successive generations of British submarines since the 1960s. Last year it got a major injectionof capital from the government to develop its nuclear related technology, as part of what might look like a government attempt to pre-empt future decisions on Britain’s nuclear weapons policy. Until recently the Ministry of Defence had consistently stated that it had 'no plans to publish' the Lib Dem-led review into alternatives to like-for-like replacement of the Trident nuclear weapons system, and so CND welcomes the government’s announcement that it will publish the review. . Danny Alexander, the Lib Dem Minister responsible for the Trident Review said we are at a 'significant moment', with an historic opportunity to reconsider Trident. He stated that the Lib Dem-led review will produce a 'clear, credible, compelling, set of arguments for alternatives'. He also challenged 'politicians of all parties, including Labour politicians, to look at this review when it comes out with an open mind.'

However, if Britain were to change the policy, there would be implications for the work force in Derby and at all the sites involved in the development and maintenance of the British nuclear weapon capability. It is an understandable concern.  An independent inquiry conducted by the Nuclear Education Trust into the implications of the Government’s Trident Alternatives Review for the economy of Barrow-in-Furness (the location of the BAE Systems shipyard where new submarines to replace the current Trident submarines would be built)  has concluded that the town is not facing a ‘Trident or nothing’ choice for protecting local jobs. The inquiry found that options short of ‘like-for-like’ replacement of Trident would be expected to lead to a step down in employment at the Barrow shipyard, but would not result in its closure. Even  if there were complete cancellation of Trident replacement programme,  an economic diversification and regeneration programme would be possible, although it would be a severe challenge.

We will be examining the implications of this review more widely to consider the implications for all the areas which are heavily dependent on the defence industry for employment.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
November 2012

The Rolls Royce Raynesway factory in Derby, where the reactors and fuel rods for the nuclear propulsion units in the Trident and new Astute class submarines are manufactured, has received massive government investment this year to expand its role in both the civil and military nuclear industries. We have held monthly vigils and demonstrations throughout the spring and summer, campaigning to ‘Cut Trident /Create Green Jobs’, marking ‘UN Day for the Child Victims of War’ in July, Hiroshima Day in August.

On  Friday 21 September we held a vigil to mark United Nations INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE. Unfortunately rather than investing their skills for peaceful and sustainable purposes, Rolls Royce have announced they are dis-investing from marine turbine manufacture!

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
September 2012

A Vigil was held outside the Rolls Royce Raynesway Factory, Derby on Monday 6 August 2012 to mark the Anniversary of the atomic bombing of the city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 and of Nagasaki 3 days later. This is one of many events around the Country and in other Nations commemorating the appalling loss of life and the suffering of the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The bombing of these two cities is the only time nuclear weapons have been used in warfare, but today’s nuclear weapons are eight times more powerful than those dropped then, and would kill millions. We must not forget the horror of these events and the particular immorality and illegality of the use of nuclear weapons.

However non-use is not enough. While nuclear weapons are planned, developed, designed, manufactured, tested, armed and targeted sooner or later they may be used by accident or mad design. This is why we hold our local vigil outside Rolls Royce Raynesway factory, for this is one of the places where a new future of nuclear weapons is now being planned and advanced.

Britain signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1970, agreeing to complete nuclear disarmament, but instead plans to replace the Trident submarine nuclear weapon system at a cost of over £100 billion.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
July 2012

Dangerous developments  at Rolls-Royce, Derby
The Ministry of Defence  has recently signed a contract worth £1.1 billion with Rolls-Royce Power Engineering. The contract covers a programme of work to rebuild the Rolls-Royce site at Raynesway in Derby, where submarine reactor components are manufactured. £500 million will be spent on progressively demolishing existing buildings at the site, some of which are approximately 50 years old, to replace them with new facilities.

Planning permission was granted to Rolls-Royce by Derby City Council in November 2008 for construction of a new manufacturing facility at Raynesway. According to the Ministry of Defence regeneration of the Raynesway site is required to ensure that its facilities will continue to meet safety standards set by the Office of Nuclear Regulation. East Midlands CND submitted detailed objections to the plans, largely on safety grounds, as the plant itself is on the floodplain of the River Derwent.

Construction of the first two phases of the Raynesway regeneration, which include a new primary components operation facility for the manufacture of nuclear reactor components and a new office suite, is now nearing completion. The final part of the site regeneration, covered by the MoD contract, will see the phased demolition of existing buildings and the building of a core production capability facility to produce reactor core fuel.

The new facilities, with a planned life of 60 years, will be able to undertake work for the Trident replacement submarine construction programme, scheduled to end in the mid 2030s, and beyond if the MoD decides to develop a new class of fleet submarine. There are clear parallels between the Raynesway regeneration programme and the construction programme currently underway at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, where new facilities are being built which will allow the UK's nuclear warhead programme to continue into the 2050s.

The contract with Rolls-Royce includes a further £600 million which will be spent to “sustain reactor core production” at Raynesway over an eleven year period until March 2023. During this period work is scheduled to take place on reactor cores for all remaining Astute class submarines and the first of the 'Successor' class submarines, if constructed. The £600 million includes fees to build two further reactor cores in the new facility - one for the seventh Astute class submarine and one for the first of the 'Successor' submarines – as well as cash for personnel and systems development. All of this before Parliament has agreed ‘maingate’ decision for a successor.

According to the MoD the contract will secure 300 jobs at Rolls-Royce, which is hoping to develop new business from the civilian new nuclear build programme using capabilities secured by the contract. See: Campaigns: Nuclear Power

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
May 2012

On Thursday 26 April we held a vigil outside the Rolls-Royce nuclear reactor plant on Raynesway:  ‘Remember Chernobyl;  No New Nuclear ; No more Fukushimas’ On 26th April 1986 the nuclear reactor near Chernobyl in the Ukraine blew up, releasing a large cloud of radioactive material. The worst effects were in Ukraine, Belarus and European Russia, but more than 50% of the total radioactivity spread across the entire northern hemisphere, resulting in increased rates of cancer and birth defects, still births, premature ageing, brain damage and many other medical conditions. Children have been especially badly affected. Before Chernobyl, 80% of children in the region were judged healthy, now in some areas it is only 20%. Even today there are restrictions on the sale of sheep in parts of Cumbria and Wales where there was heavy post-Chernobyl rainfall. We have not yet begun to count the full costs of the Fukushima reactor explosions. Yet the UK Government persists with new nuclear-build, despite knowing that they cannot control this unsustainable form of power generation and that energy efficiency and true renewable energies, such as wind, wave, solar, ground and air source,  are left languishing.

Planned demonstrations at Rolls Royce Raynesway, Derby  2012
Monday 14 May: 3 – 5pm ‘Cut Trident – not Jobs, Health, Education’. We plan to hand in a letter on ‘Conversion’ of work skills to peaceful production.
Monday 4 June: 3 – 5pm United Nations International Day for Children as the Victims of War. Vigil – dress in black/bring children’s toys etc to mark the day with appropriate symbolism. (Bank Holiday for the Queen’s Jubilee)
Saturday 21 July:  Zero Carbon Day. ‘Green Energy to Save the Planet’
Monday 6 August: Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day
Friday 21 September: Peace One Day

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
March 2012

Last year the Derby site underwent a massive expansion to accommodate Rolls Royce growing involvement in the nuclear power industry.

The next vigil will be from 3-5pm on Monday 26 March, calling attention to the financial savings the Chancellor could have made in his budget the week before by cancelling Trident! Stimulated by national CND’s work with the Trade Unions and memories of the Lucas Aerospace Shop Stewards Combine(1974-5) we shall be stressing the ‘conversion’ of skills to peaceful and sustainable uses and hope to have a ‘planning discussion’ on how to find new ways to communicate to Derby workers and citizens. (tel. 01526 235723 for details)
See  Capital Conversions – From Lucas Aerospace to Rolls Royce for the arguments on the need for, and possibility of, a change to ethical manufacturing.

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Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
December 2011

The massive new buildings at the plant, where nuclear propulsion units for Trident and  Astute are manufactured, are now nearing completion and monthly vigils and demonstrations have been held throughout the year.

Rolls Royce’ substantial involvement in nuclear new build was highlighted with events to mark the Fukushima disaster, the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl and for Hiroshima Day. The demonstrations will resume in March.

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
August 2011

East Midlands CND held a vigil outside the Rolls Royce Raynesway factory in Derby on 6 August to mark the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945. Readings commemorated  the attack, and a demand for the government not to replace Trident but adhere to their commitment under  the Non Proliferation Treaty to ‘achieve and maintain a world without nuclear weapons’ was made.

The nuclear propulsion systems which power UK’s submarine-based nuclear weapons are manufactured at the site. Each submarine carries an estimated twelve missiles, each of which can carry up to four warheads – 48 in total. Each warhead has an explosive power of up to 100 kilotons of conventional high explosive. This is 8 times the power of the atomic bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, killing an estimated 240,000 people from blast and radiation.    

Rolls Royce is now engaged in the production of the Trident replacement – the Astute submarine, which has been dogged by misadventures since its launch earlier this year. They are also developing plans to become a key manufacturer for the new nuclear build in the UK, holding a graduate recruitment day, ‘Nuclear Engineering Open Event’ in Derby.The next demonstration at Raynesway is on Wednesday 21 September from 3-5pm to mark ‘Peace One Day’ see forthcoming events 

Campaign Update - Rolls Royce Raynesway
June 2011

Tuesday 26th April 2011 marked the 25th Anniversary of the 1986 disaster at the nuclear power plant at Chernobyl, Belarus. It coincided with the ongoing disaster at Fukishima nuclear power plant in Japan. A vigil was held outside Rolls Royce Raynesway Derby factory, where massive development is underway so that Rolls Royce can be a key player in Britain’s ‘nuclear revival’. The vigil expressed sympathy for all the victims of nuclear accidents, especially in Russia & Japan and called on Energy Secretary Chris Huhne to opt for a non-nuclear energy policy on the grounds that nuclear generation is an unacceptable risk to the public.

The effects of the explosions and release of radiation at Chernobyl continue to be harmful to human health. The full extent is difficult to assess. 800,000 people, known as liquidators, were involved in the clean up after the accident. According to figures previously issued by government agencies in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, about 25 000 of the liquidators have so far died as a result of their exposure to radiation. According to the Liquidators' Committee, the total number of deaths is 100,000. In 2004 the World Health Organisation predicted that one third of all the children from the area around Gomel aged between 0 and 4 at the time of the accident will develop thyroid cancer during their lifetime - a total of 50,000 children in this group alone. The ‘zone of alienation’ in Belarus remains deserted and derelict but the contamination from fall-out still prohibits the production, transportation and consumption of food in several European countries including sheep at 369 farms in UK.

The disaster at Fukishima is ongoing and the full extent of the contamination and damage to humans and the environment cannot yet be judged, but the international nuclear lobby effectively suppresses the evidence while the Government bows to pressure from the industry.

Write to your MP and the Minister of State urging them to reconsider the plans for new nuclear power stations in Britain. We need to invest in sustainable energy technologies, not toxic waste producing nuclear power!

Safety warning on nuclear submarines
A declassified defence report, released after a Freedom of Information Request by CND, has raised concerns that the nuclear reactors made at the Rolls Royce factoryin Derby, which power Britain’s naval submarines, are ‘potentially vulnerable ‘ to accidents. The report states that the submarine’s reactors compare poorly with those used in the civil nuclear industry and that they are vulnerable to a structural failure which could result in the release of highly radioactive material into the environment. For current classes of submarine, including the Astute under construction, there is a limit to what improvements are reasonably practicable to implement. Commodore Andrew Mcfarlane, the MoD’s senior nuclear safety regulator pointed out that all pressurised water reactors are vulnerable to structural failure resulting in ‘a loss of coolant accident’ (the primary cause of meltdown at Fukushima) posing a ‘significant risk to life of those in close proximity’ The more expensive PWR3 design will push up the cost of the Trident replacement fleet by billions of pounds.

April 2011
The Rolls Royce Raynesway factory in Derby has expanded its site massively in the last 12 months. Rolls Royce manufactures there the nuclear components of submarine propulsion (Astute, Vanguard and probably the design-phase for the new Successor), and is also active in the research, development and manufacture for the civil nuclear power revival. And although the Government has officially delayed the final decision on the Trident replacement until 2015, the Government is planning  to spend the money on buying parts for the first submarine prior to the decision on whether to go ahead with replacement or not. Thanks to a Greenpeace ‘Freedom of Information’ request it is clear these are not just small incidentals, but include vast amounts of steel  for making the submarine hull. The concern is, without any parliamentary say so, the commitment of large sums of money wil pre-empt any decision not to go ahead with the programme.
February 2011

Although the government has announced that Britain’s nuclear stockpile is being cut and the decision on replacing Trident will be delayed until 2016 – after the next general election - they are covertly committing us to huge financial investments in programmes to develop nuclear weapons and nuclear power which will in fact be very expensive to reverse. Scrapping nuclear weapons would save us over £100 billion! Instead, we could invest in the development of marine energy technology and other forms of sustainable energy, providing alternative employment for defence workers and creating tens of thousands of new jobs. It would help meet our carbon emission targets and help meet the TUC’s commitment to the creation of 1 million climate jobs. Rolls Royce is at the heart of the government’s nuclear plans, but could also lead the way in translating their advanced engineering skills to ‘green’ technology.
Cut Trident - not jobs, health, education...

  • Join the next demonstration on Monday 21 March  2011 'Cut Trident - Create Green Jobs' outside the main gates of Rolls Royce Raynesway, Derby DE21 7BE between 3 - 5pm
  • There will also be a vigil on Tuesday 26 April, the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster, outside the main gates of Rolls Royce Raynesway, Derby DE21 7BE between 3 - 5pm

Details of these and the following demonstration on Monday 23 May from Rosy Townsend email: rosy.townsend@googlemail.com

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