Sunderland job fears as npower owner announces plans to cut 6,750 staff

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FEARS are hanging over Wearside jobs after a decision to slash 6,750 posts across Europe.

German energy giant RWE, which owns npower, has also pledged to reduce costs by £840million under fresh efficiency measures.

The firm gave no details of where the jobs will be lost, but it revealed that the group’s headcount has already fallen by four per cent over the past year, to 67,000.

A review of npower, which has a call centre at Doxford International in Sunderland, is continuing, but no final decisions are said to have been made.

There has been speculation that npower is to announce job cuts in the UK and will outsource work abroad.

RWE is slashing costs as profits come under pressure amid an industry crisis in Europe as firms battle against plunging wholesale electricity prices and also a renewable energy boom.