Unite, the UK and Ireland’s largest union, has vowed to minimise job losses at Anglian Water and called for a rethink in the way the organisation’s budget has been set in order to preserve jobs and maintain the service.

The union has hundreds of members at Anglian Water who primarily undertake frontline roles, ensuring water supplies are maintained and leaks are quickly dealt with.

Members support 

Unite regional officer Adam Oakes said: “The announcement of job losses is deeply concerning and when the formal consultation process begins Unite will be attempting to ensure that compulsory redundancies are avoided.

 “In the meantime Unite will be seeking an urgent meeting with the company and providing our members with the support they need during this difficult time.

 “Unite is also deeply concerned about the decision by the regulator Ofwat to demand cuts of £758 million in Anglian’s budget over the next five years.

 “Unite believes that this has resulted in the redundancies and could also impact on pay and conditions for remaining staff.

 “A reduction in funding is also likely to result in an increase in leaks and vital work to improve the environment and preserve the integrity of water supplies.

 “Unite understands that Anglian Water will be appealing Ofwat’s ruling on its budget to the Competition and Markets Authority and the union will support that appeal, which is in the best interests of our members.”

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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Barckley Sumner on 020 3371 2067 or 07802 329235.

Email: barckley.sumner@unitetheunion.org

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