2,600 jobs slashed as OVO backtracks on SSE promise ‘no jobs would be lost’

19 May 2020
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GMB, the Energy Union has hit out after the energy giant announced it was slashing 2,600 UK jobs

The energy giant, which bought SSE’s retail business back in September - who had promised that there would be no job losses - has backtracked in a move that will see large job losses in Scotland and across the UK, including Wales and southern England.

Despite OVO claiming that Coronavirus crisis has sped up the integration of the two businesses, the announcement comes whilst the company is utilising the government’s taxpayer funded  Furlough Scheme.

The job losses will affect gas engineers, electricians, meter readers, call centre staff and office workers.

GMB is calling on the government to amend the Furlough scheme to ensure that companies who take government money from the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) are prevented from immediately making redundancies for at least year.

Justin Bowden, GMB national secretary said:

“Coronavirus outbreak or not, this is a massive betrayal of promises made to workers and politicians that the sale to OVO would not result in job losses.

“The Covid crisis and the SVT cap have affected the whole energy retail market but you cannot just cut your way out of a crisis in search of profit.

“Whilst we were able to save 700 jobs from offshoring for now, this is still 2,600 good UK jobs from a company that is busy soaking up taxpayers money from the furlough scheme.

“GMB says companies who take government money from the Job Retention Scheme (JRS) should be prevented from making redundancies for at least year.”

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