RWE Npower to slash 1,400 UK jobs and shut down three sites

 
Suzie Neuwirth
ENERGY giant RWE Npower is set to cut 1,400 UK jobs and close three sites in the North East of England.

A further 570 jobs will be transferred to another provider in 60 days. The lost jobs will be transferred to India as sites at Peterlee, Thornaby and Stoke are shut down.

Trade union the GMB today called for a public inquiry into the firm, with senior organiser Colin Smith criticising the “bad management and naked greed” of the company. “It is an absolute scandal that a company like Npower can operate as a cartel player in a captive market, while jobs are placed offshore [and] we import energy,” he said.

An Npower spokesperson said: “Npower has been undertaking a major review of sites, operations and people across the UK.”

Energy companies are currently at the centre of a high-profile debate into the cost of living, with five of the big six having unveiled above-inflation price hikes.