Unite members at Legal & General’s flagship site in Kingswood, Surrey, have voted in favour of industrial action to save over 1,500 jobs. In an industrial ballot 67 per cent of union members voted in favour of industrial action short of a strike, which can include working to rule or refusing to work overtime.
Ian Methven, Unite regional officer said:
“Legal & General is a company which relies on staff going the extra mile, from working late to volunteering for overtime. Our members are dedicated and hardworking professionals, but today’s result shows that a tipping point has been reached and their goodwill can no longer be taken for granted. Frankly, the cost to the company is incalculable.”
The dispute follows L&G’s decision to threaten 1,550 jobs by closing the profitable Kingswood site in 2017, citing potential cost savings. Unite has been campaigning since September to keep the site open and in response L&G have postponed the closure of Kingswood until 2018 and have offered some staff the option of relocation to sites across the country.
Ian Methven, said:
“Unite is calling on Legal & General to work with us to explore all options that can keep Kingswood open. Closing the site will not only cost 1,550 people their jobs, it will devastate the surrounding community. We are grateful to the local businesses and politicians who are supporting our campaign to defend Kingswood and all the jobs that rely on it.”
For more information please contact Ben Norman on 07525 590 075 or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Note to Editors:
Unite has commissioned a local impact assessment to judge the economic impact of Kingswood’s closure on the local economy. Copies of this report will be available on request from Ben.Norman@unitetheunion.org.
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.