Staff at the Barclays Coventry contact centre have today (Tuesday, 5 November), been informed that the site will be closed with the loss of 350 jobs.
Unite, the union which represents staff at Barclays, has called on the bank to reconsider the closure of this centre, scheduled for March 2014. The impact on the regional economy will be deeply felt. The union is seeking alternative local employment for all staff impacted by this decision.
Dominic Hook Unite national officer said: “News of the closure of this large Barclays processing centre will be deeply distressing for the workforce and the local community. 350 people have today been told that their future is uncertain.
“Unite has real questions as to why such an important and productive centre in Coventry is being closed. This decision is damaging to Barclays, the staff and the local community in Coventry - where this centre is a large local employer.
“Unite will continue to press Barclays to find suitable local redeployment opportunities for the Coventry staff.”
Unite representatives will be at the Coventry contact centre for the rest of the week to meet with staff and support them during this difficult period.
The majority of job losses will be amongst those in call centre earning up to £17,500. The large number of part time staff at the centre means many earn significantly less.
For further information contact Saba Edwards on: 07768 693 953
Notes to editors:
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