Restructuring within energy firm GE, which is to put UK 1,100 jobs in peril, should not be done ‘too far’ or ‘too fast’, Unite the Union has warned.
Unite has demanded assurances that there will be no compulsory redundancies.
The job cuts, which should mainly affect GE’s Rugby and Stafford sites in the Midlands, will be a major blow to the local economy there.
Linda McCulloch, Unite national officer, said: “General Electric is in danger of cutting too far, too fast and leaving itself ill equipped to meet the challenges of the changing power generation market.
“These proposals will be a shock for General Electric’s loyal workforce and deal a major blow to the Midlands’ economy which will be deprived of highly skilled well-paid jobs because of this announcement.
“Over the coming days and weeks Unite will be supporting our members and scrutinising the company’s business case as we fight to save as many jobs as possible.
“Unite will also be seeking guarantees from General Electric that there will be no compulsory redundancies and that there will be redeployment opportunities for workers wishing to stay with the business.”
No jobs cuts are expected within the north-east of Scotland.