Commenting on the 500 planned redundancies announced at British Gas today (Thursday), UNISON national energy officer Matt Lay said: “Any loss of jobs is disappointing and staff will understandably feel anxious.
“We’ll be working closely with British Gas to ensure no compulsory redundancies and affected employees will be able to move to other local sites, receive training to take on new roles or take advantage of the voluntary severance scheme.
“UNISON and the GMB have been liaising with the company to minimise the impact of the job losses. So it’s disappointing that some staff found out about the story from comments made to the media, adding to their distress.
“Energy firms in the UK are operating under challenging circumstances made worse by the market instability that a government all-consumed by Brexit seems intent on ignoring.”
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.
– UNISON represents the overwhelming majority of staff affected by today’s announcement.