MSP criticises OVO Energy for redundancy
MSP criticises OVO Energy for redundancy: An MSP has lambasted OVO Energy for its impending layoffs, which he claims “betrayed” the company’s employees.
Last month, the energy firm revealed that 1,700 of its employees throughout the UK will be laid off as part of a voluntary redundancy programme.
“My motion pertains to the decision by OVO Energy seeking 1,700 voluntary redundancies and the closing of several offices, including in Perth,” Jim Fairlie, MSP for Perthshire South and Kinross-shire, stated in the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Fairlie urged OVO CEO Stephen Fitzpatrick to rethink the decision to shut the Perth office, which would result in the loss of 700 jobs.
SSE stated in September 2019 that it was selling its retail division to OVO, with around 8,000 employees transferring in January 2020.
The MSP stated that when the takeover was announced, MSPs were guaranteed that no jobs would be lost.
“Time and time again both companies SSE and OVO gave repeated assurances to staff across the country no redundancies would happen, jobs were safe, customer service was a priority and that this talented committed workforce were at the heart of that quality service delivery.” Added Mr Fairlie.
“Both companies have utterly betrayed that workforce.”
“This company (OVO Energy) is causing anxieties to employees, its staff, and they all deserve answers. So when we meet Mr Fitzpatrick and his management team, I will be pressing him to rethink this decision.” Said Jim Fairlie.
MSP criticises OVO Energy for redundancy: