Thursday 13 January 2022 - For Immediate Release
WISHART SEEKS CLARITY AFTER OVO REDUNDANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, has spoken out after it emerged this morning that energy supplier OVO are seeking to make 1,700 voluntary redundancies and plan to close their Perth base:
"I am very concerned with this announcement from OVO and job losses on this scale will have a massive impact on the labour market in Perth. I know that Energy firms are operating in a very challenging commercial environment just now, but we cannot forget the number of commitments that OVO made to Perth and to the former SSE workforce when they took over at Inveralmond.
"I am therefore very disappointed that instead of developing the Perth plant as they suggested they would it is to be closed down instead.
"We are still trying to determine how many jobs will be lost, and where I understand that a voluntary redundancy package is to be offered, it remains to be seen whether job losses on this scale can be undertaken without compulsory redundancies emerging down the line.
"I am seeking a meeting with OVO and I hope to get clear answers as to what exactly has gone wrong."