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500 Job Losses At British Gas

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

500 Job Losses At British Gas Due To Closure Of Loft And Cavity Wall Insulation Business

Job losses in the loft and cavity wall business are a real sickener with a further 4,000 job losses still to come in areas that have yet to be identified says GMB.

GMB, the union for workers in the gas industry, commented on the British Gas announcement to staff on 2nd Feb that 500 workers would be losing their jobs, largely as a result of the closure of the company's loft and cavity wall insulation business. See copy of Centrica press release dated 2nd Feb 2016.

Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary, said "This is an early stage of the programme of 6,000 job losses announced by parent group Centrica's CEO Ian Conn last summer.

GMB expects a further 4,000 job losses still to come in areas that have yet to be identified.

The closure of the loft and cavity wall business with a loss of 500 jobs is a real sickener.

At the end of last year we went through a reorganisation which we were told was to make that business competitive and everyone thought that was behind us. But it seems while we were doing that the company was hatching secret plans to shut the whole operation down. Staff will feel gutted and we will think twice about believing anything the company says now.

British Gas was playing a significant part in tackling cold homes and improving energy efficiency. Now the government will need to look at revising it's carbon emission targets as a result of these and other job losses in the insulation sector."

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Contact: Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary on 07860 606137 or GMB Press Office on 07921 289880 or 07974 251823.

Notes to editors

Copy of Centrica press release dated 2nd Feb.

British Gas proposes reduction in roles, implementing strategy

In July 2015, after a wide-ranging strategic review, Centrica announced a Group-wide efficiency programme in order to be competitive in a fast-changing energy market.

As part of the ongoing implementation of that strategy, British Gas is proposing to make a reduction of about 500 roles.

Mark Hodges, Chief Executive, Energy Supply & Services, UK and Ireland, said:

“We are focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our organisation to meet the changing needs of our customers. British Gas is well positioned to grow, but we must ensure that our costs allow us to be competitive for our customers.

“I recognise that this will be difficult news for the employees who may be affected. However I believe today’s announcement is in the best long-term interests of the business. Our priority is to support all those potentially impacted, and to ensure a fair and transparent consultation process.”

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