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L&G staff vote for industrial action over Kingswood closure

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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.”

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  1. 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.”

    My sympathies are entirely with the staff. L&G and anyone else seeking to increase their profitability by closing offices (inevitably also losing staff) need to look at other ways to achieve the aim; a difficult task certainly but isn’t that what management get paid so much to do?

  2. The story of King Canute springs to mind. That aside, I have as little as possible to do with L&G in view of the direness of their admin/service.

  3. Unite hung my brother in law out to dry, an accident at work resulted in the two bones in his lower leg being broken, both bones coming through his skin. Unite promised all the support he deserved after the company admitted liability but nothing. As a result of the trauma of the break he contracted a rare form of bone/marrow cancer which is always terminal and because of that his compensation was reduced from a 6 figure sum to around £70K which was further reduced by £30,000 to repay the benefits he had received. He died on the 18th August at 8:33am. I am banned from Unite’s facebook page because they don’t like to be reminded that they are a sh1t organisation.

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