Plans for around 2,000 job losses at Direct Line to reduce costs have been branded as “a savage bolt from the blue” by the country’s largest union, Unite.
Unite said that it had several hundred members working for the company but no union recognition.
The fact that Unite, the union with the largest number of finance sector workers in the country, has been refused recognition makes it easier for Direct Line to announce these savage cuts out of the blue.
Unite will continue to strongly oppose anti-union bias where it exists in the finance sector and will give all the support we can to our members at Direct Line on an individual basis.
While we continue to invest in the business with the aim of winning in a market which is changing fast, it’s clear that we need to become more efficient to deliver the good service and value our customers expect.
We have not made these proposed changes lightly and understand the impact they will have on our people.
As we have done in the past, we will deal fairly and carefully with those impacted, and do all we can to support them through these changes.”
– Paul Geddes, Chief Executive Officer of Direct Line Group