BRITISH GAS 'planning to axe 5,000 jobs'

A leading union has accused British Gas of planning to axe up to 5,000 jobs, hitting sites across the country.

The GMB said it had seen internal company correspondence detailing cuts of 25 per cent in some sectors of the business.

The union claimed job losses will impact on sites including Leeds, Stockport, Edinburgh, Addingstone near Glasgow, Leicester, Cardiff, Oldbury in the West Midlands and Southampton.

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Officials said they had been trying to get a “straight response” from the company about its future plans.

National officer Gary Smith said: “The staff are working flat out in what looks like the busiest period the company has ever had. Contact centres have been open until 4am in the morning. Engineers and the staff have been performing heroics to try and keep customers warm. Our fear is that once the busy period is over the axe will fall.”