Unite, Britain and Ireland’s largest union, will campaign strongly to save as many jobs as possible at Npower, following the announcement today (Friday 29 November) that up to 4,500 jobs at the energy giant are under threat.

Unite, which has about 1,000 members at Npower, mainly working in meter installation, described the scale of the proposed cuts as ‘horrific’.

Unite regional officer Kelvin Mawer said: “This is a huge blow to our members and, although the job losses won’t start until next year, the announcement just before Christmas is about as bad as it can get. The scale of the proposed job cuts is horrific.

“Unite will be involved in all the consultations and our aim is to fully support our members.  We will look to prevent as many job losses as we can.

“Npower, which employ 5,700 people, has seen its market share decrease with business moving to smaller suppliers as customers look for the best value fuel deals.  

“Our members in the affected areas will struggle to find suitable work that provides security for their families and a viable income that will pay the bills.

“We welcome the opportunity for constructive talks with the management and will campaign strongly to explore all options to save as many jobs as possible.”

The job losses are expected to hit major sites at Hull, Leeds, Rainton, Swindon and Worcester.

Unite national officer for energy and utilities Peter McIntosh said: “This devastating news is about maintaining profits for the benefit of shareholders and nothing about the service to customers.

“The case for taking the energy companies back into public ownership has been reinforced by this announcement from Npower today. Public ownership will ensure that energy provision and supply are run in the best interest of consumers and not primarily for profit hungry shareholders.”


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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on:  020 3371 2065

Email: shaun.noble@unitetheunion.org

Unite is with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.