Trade unions Amicus, the Transport & General Workers Union and the GMB are begin talks on merging to create a 'super union'. The combined membership of 2.6M in manufacturing, energy, the financial services industry and the public sector could give them greater influence over government policy and pay bargaining with employers across Europe.
The world's fi rst commercially operated 'pebble bed' nuclear reactor is to be built in Shandong, eastern China by a consortium of China's biggest power producers. The 195MW gas cooled power plant could start producing electricity within five years. Supporters claim it is 'meltdown-proof' due to its small core and because fuel is dispersed among hundreds of thousands of billiard ball sized graphite spheres.