Murdo Fraser slams energy firm OVO over planned job cuts

Scottish Conservative MSP Murdo Fraser has slammed energy firm OVO after the company announced it is set to shed jobs through a voluntary redundancy programme.

The politician, who represents the Mid Scotland and Fife region, accused OVO of “breaking its promises” made in January, when the company stated there would be no redundancies after they took over the consumer department of Perth-based SSE.

OVO has now said it will be shedding jobs and there are major concerns for the Perth workforce – estimated to be around 1,000 people - who work at the energy firm’s contact centre. OVO are blaming the impact of Covid-19 for its decision.

Commenting, Mr Fraser said: “This is a very concerning time for staff working for OVO. I will be seeking assurances from the management team that efforts will be made to keep as many jobs as possible in their Perth office.

“OVO have basically back-tracked on the promise they gave when they took over the running of the company in January that there would be no job losses. Obviously, many businesses throughout the country have been impacted by Covid-19 but this is a time when employers should be doing all they can to support their workforce, not threaten them with redundancy.”

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