Co-op under fire from union over risk to 65 banking roles
UNION leaders have hit out at the Co-operative's decision to take jobs out of North Staffordshire.
The Sentinel reported yesterday that the group was planning to move all of its financial shared services centre operations to its head office in Manchester.
As a result, 31 workers at Britannia in Leek and 34 at the Co-op's base in Burslem have been told they can either relocate or take redundancy.
John Stoddard, general secretary of the Britannia Staff Union, said: "We are extremely disappointed to see more jobs move out of Staffordshire from both Leek and Burslem.
"While it is possible for some staff to apply for new roles, due to the location change, initial indications are that few would be able to cope with the additional commute.
"Sadly, we have seen very little recruitment coming into the old Britannia head office and we continue to push for assurances from Co-op Banking Group regarding the future of the two sites in Leek and future job opportunities. All staff are being extremely professional in their approach, despite a period of uncertainty ahead, and BSU is actively supporting all its members in Leek who are impacted by these changes."
The Co-op employs about 1,400 people in Leek and about 110 in Burslem. It said the changes were 'essential' given the need for greater financial control and tougher regulatory requirements.