The UK and Ireland’s largest union, Unite expressed deep concern over today’s (Friday 13 September) announcement of the proposed sale of SSE Energy Services to OVO Energy.

Warning that it would not tolerate workers paying the price for the sale with their jobs, pay and terms and conditions, Unite went on to say that it would be seeking urgent meetings with both companies to seek ‘cast iron’ assurances.

Unite has over 3,000 members at SSE Energy Services across the UK which includes customer service staff, smart meter installers and meter readers. The proposed sale affects all of the 8,000 plus employees of SSE Energy Services.

Commenting Unite national officer for energy Peter McIntosh said: “This announcement is causing massive uncertainty among workers who are concerned that they will pay the price for the sale with their jobs, pay and terms and conditions.

“Unite will not tolerate any move to erode our members’ conditions as a result of this sale. We are seeking urgent meetings with both SSE Energy Services and OVO Energy to secure cast iron assurances about our members’ futures.”


For more information journalists only please contact Alex Flynn Unite head of media and campaigns on 020 3371 2066 or 07967 665869

Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest union with members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.