Energy giant Npower has announced plans to restructure its UK business, which have led to fear of thousands of people loosing their jobs just some weeks before Christmas and also closure of quite a number of call centres. The news which came as a shocker by one union official coming in weeks to the festive period, news agency PA reported it will lead to workers being given briefing today. Johannes Teyssen, chief executive of NPower’s owner E.ON said: ”The UK market is currently particularly challenging. We’ve layer emphasis on the action of taking all necessary measures to return our business there to consistent profitability, for this purpose, we’ve put together proposals and already begun discussing them with British unions” Npower owner EON, a GMB spokes person said “Clearly this announcement will be a body blow to Npower workers across the UK.
“Government has to urgently wake up to the impact that the price cap is having on good and reasonably well-paid jobs in UK energy companies.
“Npower is a poorly managed company with significant losses in the UK but it’s always the workers that face the brunt of poor management coupled with regulation that sends work overseas whilst sacking energy workers in the UK.”
The Unison union is saying that Npower “is to close with the loss of 4,500 jobs”.
General secretary Dave Prentis says: “This is a cruel blow for Npower employees. They’ve been worried about their jobs for months. Now their worst fears have been realised, less than a month before Christmas.
“The UK energy market is in real danger of collapse. If nothing is done, there could soon be other casualties.
“Npower’s demise means there’s no time to waste. It makes the powerful case for bringing the retail arms of the Big Six energy firms into public ownership.
“This would preserve jobs, ensure customers get a better deal and allow the UK to meet its carbon neutral targets.”