‘No justification’ for redundancies at Barclaycard, says union


The union representing 150 Barclaycard staff in danger of losing their jobs says there is “no justification” for the cuts the company is proposing.

The Chron reported yesterday that Barclaycard intends to make redundancies across its UK businesses, with the majority of the affected roles at its Brackmills HQ.

Unite, which is in negotiations with the firm, says the plans are without merit.

Dominic Hook, Unite national officer said: “Barclaycard is a very profitable part of Barclays. With more than £1 billion profit generated last year, there is simply no justification for these redundancies.

“Unite members now have serious concerns about their futures and need urgent reassurance from Barclays about their job security.

“Unite is opposed to these redundancies and will do all it can to get an agreement from the bank that there will be no compulsory redundancies.”

Yesterday, a Barclaycard spokesman said: “We will work closely with Unite to keep potential redundancies to a minimum, and will be offering staff continuing support as we work through the consultation process.

“While this programme may impact several sites across the UK, it is expected that the majority of impacted colleagues will work within our Northampton site.

“We have, however, made substantial investment in Northampton over the years and the site remains a key strategic and operational centre.”

About 3,000 staff currently work at the site in Pavilion Drive.