Almost three-quarters of the workforce at npower’s Thornaby site will quit their jobs following a major company restructure.
Around 400 out of 550 staff have decided to leave the energy giant and take voluntary redundancy after it announced plans to close its Thornaby site and move workers to Rainton Bridge Business Park in Sunderland last November, following months of speculation.
Staff were told their jobs were safe - but they would have to travel to work at the company’s headquarters at the Sunderland business park.
Just 100 - less than a fifth of the entire workforce - has decided to stay with the company and relocate. They will receive “support” from the company with travel arrangements.
When the announcement was made that npower was quitting their Thornaby premises I did question whether people would be able to make the move to Sunderland.
It is devastating to learn that not only will future generations of Teessiders not be able to work for npower who have seen several generations of local families in employment here, but now we hear that the vast majority of existing staff will also be looking for jobs elsewhere.
This move by npower, who nonetheless saw an increase in profits last year will devastate the working lives of some of their most hard working and dedicated employees.