Are 4,000 more jobs to go at British Gas?
The statement comes as the company, owned by Centrica, laid off 500 staff working in loft insulation and cavity wall insulation.
GMB national secretary Brian Strutton 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. ”
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “It is disappointing that British Gas are cutting yet more jobs around the country. This comes at a very uncertain time for those working for the company. It is important that the business now continues to engage fully with the unions to try to cushion the blow of this sad news.
“UNISON will work with senior managers to seek to avoid any compulsory redundancies and to support workers who might be transferring to other roles.
“We expect British Gas to be flexible in finding the right solutions for those whose jobs are at risk because it is the workforce that has helped make the business so profitable.”