npower troubles ‘just the tip of the iceberg’

The UK’s entire retail energy market is broken and in need of an urgent fix

Commenting on the announcement today (Thursday) that 900 roles are to be lost at npower this year, UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said:

“This is grim news and means an anxious few months for staff across the company.

“But it’s just the tip of the iceberg – npower isn’t the only firm struggling. The UK’s entire retail energy market is broken and in need of an urgent fix.

“Households across the country are now better off because of the price cap. But as more energy suppliers shed staff, or go under completely, it’s businesses and consumers who’ll end up picking up the tab.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.

Media contacts:
Liz Chinchen T: 0207 121 5463 M: 07778 158175 E: l.chinchen@unison.co.uk
Anthony Barnes T: 0207 121 5255 M: 07834 864794 E: a.barnes@unison.co.uk