Clintons is the UK's biggest card retailer and employs more than 8,000 staff, and has shops across the South and South East
The MP for Southampton Itchen has reacted to news that British Gas is to close its call centre in Hampshire with the loss of 550 jobs.
British Gas is planning to close a call centre in Southampton at the end of the year with the loss of 550 jobs.
UNISON has called the possible closure of British Gas Residential’s office in Southampton -with the loss of 500 jobs - a blow for staff and the local economy.The company has told the union it is considering closing the office in Southampton, where the lease is due to finish at the end of next year.
– Mike Jeram, UNISON’s National Energy Secretary
This is obviously very worrying news and a blow for our members working in Southampton. British Gas has been a significant employer in the town for many years and the customer service centre provides a variety of working patterns that are popular with staff especially those with children or other caring responsibilities.
“UNISON’s immediate priority is the interests of our members in Southampton and the impact on British Gas customers. We will rigorously examine the company’s business case with a view to defending our members’ jobs and avoiding compulsory redundancies."
Staff were told this morning that the centre in St Mary's Road in Southampton will be closed by the end of 2012 as part of a company-wide review.
Plans for 900 new homes and an industrial estate near Swindon have been approved by the planning inspector - against the wishes of tens of thousands of residents.
The Borough Council rejected the plans for the land between Coate Water Country Park and the Great Western Hospital last year.
But developer Redrow went to a planning inquiry who overturned that decision. Redrow says its paying a lot of money to improve the park alongside the development.