Union calls for talks after reports of Interserve job cuts

THE UK’s largest construction union has called on Interserve bosses to meet and discuss the company’s future after reports suggested up to 200 jobs could be cut at the firm.

Construction Enquirer reported this week that it understands that letters have been sent out to workers whose jobs are at risk. The publication added that redundancies will mainly be focused on management and back office roles.

An Interserve spokesperson told Construction Enquirer, “Since October this year, we have been reviewing our business strategy and performance to create a stronger platform for Interserve’s future profitable growth.

“In the short term, we are reducing the overall costs within the business, and this will unfortunately have a direct impact on some of our people with possible job losses.”

Bernard McAulay, Unite national officer for construction said, “It is vitally important that Interserve sits down with Unite and explains fully what is going on at the company and what the plans are for the future. There are many Unite members currently employed with Interserve in construction roles who are becoming increasingly concerned about the uncertainty which is currently surrounding the company.

“It is not acceptable for Interserve to hold Unite at arms-length and to deny us a seat at the table when workers’ jobs are under threat. Workers need reassurance that there are not going to be further job losses in the short to medium term.”