Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has expressed anger today (Thursday 21 November) over Barclays’ decision to close its payment protection insurance (PPI) site in Glasgow with the loss of 137 permanent and 107 temporary jobs.
The site is due to close in March 2014. The company has blamed diminishing PPI workloads and the expiry of the building lease. The company is planning to transfer the remaining PPI work to other parts of the UK.
Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: “The workforce in Glasgow will be justifiably angry and will feel that they have been betrayed. They have been working hard to resolve the problems caused by the mis-selling of payment protection insurance, but now they are being told they could lose their jobs.
“The workforce has been a massive asset for Barclays in dealing with the problems arising from PPI and we are demanding that the company does everything possible to avoid compulsory redundancies. Barclays has a duty to the workforce and it must leave no stone unturned in its search to find alternatives to redundancies.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.