Business Secretary Vince Cable pledges to help Sunderland npower workers

Business Secretary Vince Cable
Business Secretary Vince Cable
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BUSINESS Secretary Vince Cable has pledged to help hundreds of call centre workers facing redundancy in the new year.

The vow came about after Houghton and Sunderland South MP Bridget Phillipson wrote to the minister expressing her concern for 430 npower workers at the firm’s Rainton Bridge site.

The energy giant has confirmed plans to cut 1,460 jobs, including hundreds in Sunderland, as part of a restructuring of its customer service activities.

Its plans include outsourcing work to India.

It has now started a 60-day consultation programme with the affected employees.

Ms Phillipson said: “More than 400 staff at npower’s Rainton Bridge site will now go into the Christmas and new year fearing the worst.

“I welcome any steps the Government takes in supporting the workers and families at npower at Rainton Bridge during this difficult time.”

In a letter to Ms Phillipson, Mr Cable wrote: “My department is working closely with Sunderland City Council, North East Local Enterprise Partnership and other partners to support a locally-led task force which will be better tailored to meet local need.”