Unite members concerned that 1,700 jobs are at risk at firm’s Surrey HQ

Tim Lezard Europe, UK, Finance, Services (UNI), Unite,

Legal and GeneralStaff at Legal & General’s flagship site in Surrey, have voted in favour of strike action in a consultative ballot following the company’s decision to threaten 1,700 jobs.

68% of Unite members in Kingswood took part in the vote, with 63% voting in support of taking industrial action. In response Legal & General have promised to provide new information about the possible relocation of staff.

The insurance and investment giant, which recently reported an 18% increase in operating profits, announced plans in August to vacate the Kingswood site by 2017, citing potential cost savings.

Unite will review any new information on the possible relocation of staff to sites in Hove, Cardiff or London; however, following this result the union will continue to proceed with plans for industrial action.

Unite regional officer Ian Methven said: “63% of members in Kingswood have voted for strike action, a vote which underlines the frustration felt by dedicated and experienced staff who feel they are being cast aside.

“Following this result Unite has been promised new information and a serious approach to consultation from Legal & General,  which we will review while continuing to consult with our members.”

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