You may be aware that Interserve Plc went into administration on Friday 15 March.
Interserve businesses and assets were sold and incorporated into a new company called Interserve Group.
If you work for Interserve this is no doubt a worrying time and you may well have concerns about your job, pay and pension going forwards.
We are dealing with these matters as an absolute priority and we are committed to protecting your interests.
The management of the new company, under the direction of Debbie White, the former CEO of Interserve and now CEO of the new company, has issued advice to Interserve staff that it will be “business as usual” for staff and that jobs, pay and pensions will be protected going forward.
Whilst that statement is reassuring, there is still much uncertainty about the future of the new Interserve Group Ltd company.
We have requested an urgent meeting with the senior management of the new company so that we can get clarity about a number of things:
- What will the deleveraging (selling off assets rapidly to reduce debts) plan that is mentioned in the employee briefings mean in practice and could this entail parts of the business being sold off at a future date?
- Has TUPE applied to the move of assets to the new company and will it apply at a future date if parts of the business are moved on?
- What impact, if any, will the transfer of business and assets to the new company have on the many public sector contracts held by Interserve?
- The assumption made by Interserve management appears to be that they will be operated by Interserve Group Ltd, but is that the view of the public sector bodies that have commissioned these services?
- We also wish to firm up on the assurances that have been given to staff about protecting jobs, pay, pensions etc.
In the meantime, look out for messages from your UNISON branch.
They will ensure you are kept informed of developments, especially about the Interserve contract that you are employed on.
If you are unable to contact your branch you can also contact us via UNISON Direct on: 0800 0 857 857.
Please be assured that UNISON will do everything that we can to help you get through this difficult period.