WHAT: Unite members lobby Crispin Blunt MP
WHEN: Friday 22 January, 18:00
WHERE: Reigate Town Hall, RH2 9AA
Unite members fighting to defend 1,550 jobs at the flagship Legal & General site in Kingswood, Surrey, have vowed to fight on following today’s announcement that the group’s board intends to close the site by 2018.
In a communication to staff L&G confirmed the proposal to close the site by the Summer of 2018. However, Unite will continue with plans for industrial action until the company agrees to meet with the union to explore all options for defending jobs.
Unite members have voted by 67% to support a rolling programme of industrial action and to involve local politicians and community leaders in a campaign to keep the site open.
As part of this campaign, Unite members will deliver an independent impact report to local Reigate MP Crispin Blunt.
The report, which has also been delivered to the L&G board, reveals that the total cost of closure in terms of lost wages and increases in welfare payments would be £36 million, while the knock-on impact on the local economy will be over £21 million
Ian Methven, Unite regional officer, said:
“It is hugely disappointing that the Legal & General board is choosing to press ahead with this nonsensical decision. Closing Kingswood will not only cost 1,550 dedicated and hard working professionals their jobs, it will rip a £21 million black hole into the local economy
“Unite members are clear that the campaign to save jobs will continue. We will launch a rolling programme of industrial action and we are calling on local politicians and community leaders to show their support for Kingswood.”
For more information please contact Ben Norman on 07525 590 075 or the Unite press office on 020 3371 2065.
Note to editors:
A copy of the independent impact is available on request from Ben Norman.
Full Citation: ‘Estimating the potential impact of a legal and general closure at Kingswood’, CLES Consulting, January 2016
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.