More than 200 jobs face the ax at one of Scotland’s largest energy suppliers, four months after he became a homeowner.
SSE’s retail division is now led by Ovo Energy, and it is understood that the new owner plans to downsize.
The positions at risk include 215 electricians and plumbers who work in “foreign service operations”.
They provide emergency support when heating systems need to be repaired.
Until the end of these contracts, some of these layoffs may be delayed.
- Ovo Energy to pay £ 8.9 million for customer surcharge
- Creation of a new British energy giant as part of the SSE-Ovo agreement
A spokeswoman for Bristol-based Ovo Energy declined to comment, while a GMB union source said the commitment to keep jobs after the £ 500m transfer from Perth-based SSE appears have been broken.
GMB National Secretary Justin Bowden said the move was a “betrayal” of a loyal workforce.
“Just a few months ago, promises were made to workers and politicians that selling SSE retail to Ovo would not result in a single job loss,” he said.
“The fact that after sacking the workforce, Ovo wants all gas and electrical engineers” to offer their services “- but on an independent basis – tells you that the work is still there, but Ovo wants it to cheap. “
The SSE brand continues to be used by Ovo under the terms of the sale.
Ovo Energy was created in 2009. With the acquisition of the retail division of SSE, it now has the second largest energy customer base in the United Kingdom, after Centrica, which operates under the Scottish Gas and British brands. Gas.
Ovo Energy, a private minority-owned company owned by Mitsubishi, is emphasizing the use of technology to automate the services that were previously provided by the staff of large energy companies. Smart metering, for example, provides information directly to the business without the need for meter readers.
SSE sold the retail business because it was hampering its financial performance and because it wanted to focus its investments on generating and transporting electricity. Growing up from the government-owned hydroelectric office, he continues to own and operate the high-voltage transmission lines north of the central belt.