Legal & General staff vote for strike action to de...

Legal & General staff vote for strike action to defend 1,700 Kingswood jobs

18 September 2015
Staff at Legal & General’s flagship site in Kingswood, Surrey, have voted in favour of strike action in a consultative ballot following the company’s decision to threaten 1,700 jobs.
68 per cent of Unite members in Kingswood took part in the vote, with 63 per cent voting in support of taking industrial action. In response Legal & General have promised to provide new information about the possible relocation of staff. 
The insurance and investment giant, which recently reported an 18 per cent increase in operating profits, announced plans in August to vacate the Kingswood site by 2017, citing potential cost savings.
Unite will review any new information on the possible relocation of staff to sites in Hove, Cardiff or London; however, following this result the union will continue to proceed with plans for industrial action.
Ian Methven, Unite regional officer said: “63 per cent of members in Kingswood have voted for strike action, a vote which underlines the frustration felt by dedicated and experienced staff who feel they are being cast aside.
"Following this result Unite has been promised new information and a serious approach to consultation from Legal & General,  which we will review while continuing to consult with our members."
For more information please contact Ben Norman on 07525 590 075 or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Messages of solidarity can be sent to Ian Methven 
  • 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.