Powergen merger plans could cost 600 jobs

Up
to 600 workers face redundancy under plans by energy giant Powergen to merge
its East Midlands and Midlands Electricity companies.

The
jobs will be lost across the Midlands at the enlarged new-look electricity firm
– named Central Networks.

Sites
affected include Birmingham, Hereford, Telford, Northampton, Ludlow, Evesham,
and Walsall. Powergen hopes most redundancies will be voluntary.

The
small corporate office at Whittington will also be closed and activities
transferred to Powergen’s head office in Coventry.

The
company expects the formal consultation period with employees and unions to
last up to 90 days.

By Mike Berry

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