BIG six energy firm Ovo is set to announce job cuts of around 1,700 today, unions fear.
Confirmation of redundancies at the UK’s third biggest gas and electricity supplier is expected today.
The Unite union said it warned in 2020 that Ovo was taking a risk when it took over the retail base of fellow energy giant SSE, PA reported.
General secretary Sharon Graham said: “We will do everything in our power to defend our members’ jobs.
“All and every option will be on the table. As a first step the company must now open the books to union experts.
“We will not sit by and watch our members being made to pay the price of the pandemic.”
Up to 1,700 staff will lose their jobs out of a total workforce of 6,200 in a voluntary redundancy scheme, according to The Guardian.
Ovo Energy is also set to announce minimum pay will rise to £12 an hour across the board.
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The firm is also set to return all customer-facing jobs to the UK, Sky News reported.
Ovo has been contacted for comment.
The company has 4.5 million UK customers.
It was set up in 2009, but took on SSE’s retail customer base two years ago.
An Ovo spokesperson apologised and said they were “embarrassed” after telling customers to “cuddle your cat” and “do star jumps” as energy bills rocket.
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