Union calls on firm to help ex-British Gas staff

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SOUTHERN Electric has been called on to help give jobs to people made redundant by British Gas.

In the same week that it was announced 550 jobs at British Gas’s call centre in Southampton would be axed, Southern Electric said it was looking for 200 more staff at its Havant base.

Now the Unison union is urging Southern Electric and British Gas to work together to find jobs for those made redundant.

Mike Jeram, Unison’s national officer, said: ‘I am aware there is a fair distance between Southampton and Havant but British Gas need to look at how they can assist with helping current staff to travel to Havant.’

Tony Keeling, director of customer service for Southern Electric, said British Gas employees got in touch on the day the new vacancies were announced to find out how to apply for the new jobs.

And he said it was likely the firm could help.

He said: ‘There’s a possibility that some of those people lived east of Southampton, so working here would be good for them.

‘They’ll more than likely also have the skills we’re looking for.’