Thursday 30 July 2015
Energy union UNISON has described British Gas plans to shed thousands of jobs as a ‘harsh blow to a loyal workforce’.
The union are responding are responding after being
informed by managing director of British Gas Mark Hodges, that
Centrica/British Gas intends to axe around 6000 posts between now and
The majority of these are likely to be gone by the end of 2017.
The company provided little detail but indicated that
they intended around half of the job losses to be compulsory
UNISON Scotland, Regional Organiser Janet Stewart said:
“This is a bitter blow especially considering the
efforts made by British Gas staff in recent years. Our members have
been very loyal to the company, providing excellent services to
customers whilst under great external pressure and despite the absence
of systems that are fit for purpose. We expect that loyalty to be
repaid. If the company needs to restructure, it should not be on the
backs of the poorest paid.
We made it clear this morning that we are absolutely
opposed to compulsory redundancies. We are willing to engage
constructively with the employer but are prepared to consider all of
the options available to us.
We will also have many questions we will be raising
with British Gas about how promises made to customers about investing
in customer facing roles and delivering improved customer service can
be delivered if staff are to be shed in such numbers.”