L&G staff vote for industrial action over Kingswood closure


Legal & General staff have voted for industrial action over the closure of the insurer’s flagship Kingwood office but have stopped short of supporting a strike.

In a final ballot of members of the Unite union, 67 per cent of members voted in favour of industrial action short of a strike, which can include working to rule or refusing to work overtime.

This follows an earlier vote in September which saw 68 per cent of members vote in support of industrial action.

In June, Money Marketing revealed L&G was moving out of the Surrey office during 2017 putting around 1,550 jobs at risk.

L&G later announced it would postpone the closure until 2018 and offered some staff the option of relocating to Hove, Cardiff, Witham, London and Birmingham.

Unite regional officer Ian Methven says: “Our members are dedicated and hardworking professionals, but today’s result shows that a tipping point has been reached and their goodwill can no longer be taken for granted. Frankly, the cost to the company is incalculable.

“Unite is calling on L&G to work with us to explore all options that can keep Kingswood open.”

An L&G spokesman says: “The Unite members of the Kingswood office have voted not to strike over the potential closure of the Kingswood site in 2018.

“The ballot has given them the option to work to rule, should Unite decide to take this option, which they haven’t yet.

“Our customers will not be impacted by the outcome of the ballot.”