Energy firm OVO must halt job cut plans and find another solution

Further cuts will damage services

Responding to an announcement to staff today (Tuesday) that a further 250 jobs are at risk at energy firm OVO, UNISON head of business Donna Rowe-Merriman said:

“This is another cruel blow and staff are understandably worried about the future.

“OVO has completely failed to explain why more redundancies are even necessary. There may be many other ways to secure the future of the firm.

“Job cuts and restructuring have been coming thick and fast at the company, which suggests that things haven’t been run very well.

“Endless cuts are also bad news for customers. These job losses will take a massive toll on OVO’s ability to provide key services and give the public the human touch they expect and deserve.

“UNISON will be writing to the power regulator Ofgem to raise concerns about the company’s ability to comply with its duties.

“OVO bosses must now work with unions to find better ways forward.”

Notes to editors:
– Previous job cuts announced by OVO include more than 100 in October 2023 and upwards of 1,700 in January 2022.
– 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 the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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