The announcement today (Tuesday 2 September) that Legal & General will close its Ipswich office with the loss of about 140 jobs was described as ‘a serious blow to the Suffolk economy’ by Unite, the country’s largest union.
Legal & General, which has shed a substantial number of jobs across the UK in the last 12 months, plans to close the Friars Bridge Road office in May 2015.
Unite regional officer Ian Methven said: “This is devastating news for the staff and their families, and also a serious blow to the wider Suffolk economy.
“This follows substantial job losses across the country by the insurance giant in the last year and today’s announcement is a kick in the teeth to the loyal and experienced workforce in Ipswich.
“We will be giving our members maximum support in the weeks and month ahead. We understand that the job losses will be in the region of 140.
“We are calling on the senior management to reverse this unnecessary decision and industrial action to save these jobs can’t be ruled out at this stage.
“Unite firmly believes that Legal & General’s current strategy of reducing jobs to cut costs is damaging to both the business and to its members (policy holders). It is a counter-productive policy.
“The Ipswich work, which is customer facing, will move to the Hove and Birmingham offices, but the workforce at these two sites won’t be increased to reflect the number of job losses.
"These jobs losses will affect customers across the whole of the country and not just in East Anglia.”
For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940 and/or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Notes to editors:
- Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.