Updated: Sunday, 5th April 2020 @ 10:41am

Barclays 'committed' to saving Salford staff despite axing 475 call centre jobs but paying new boss £1million bonus

Barclays 'committed' to saving Salford staff despite axing 475 call centre jobs but paying new boss £1million bonus

By Dean Wilkins

‘Furious’ call centre staff in Salford will be supported in their search for new jobs as Barclays bank revealed they would be axing almost 500 jobs, despite paying new boss a £1million bonus.

Union leaders challenged the closure of the centre in Salford Quays, putting 475 jobs at risk, as they relocate to Liverpool and Sunderland.

And although the company’s head count will remain the same, the decision to force redundancies has been condemned while the prospect of awarding Antony Jenkins a seven-figure bonus is discussed.

Barclays insist that they will be offering their staff all the help they want to find alternative employment, either elsewhere in the company or outside.

A spokesman for the bank said: “We remain committed to all areas of the UK and will be working with our staff to find redeployment opportunities where possible.

“We are focused on finding alternative employment options for all affected staff elsewhere within the Group which is something we know is desirable for many.

“We are being open and transparent by sharing this proposal with our colleagues at the earliest possible opportunity and we will provide full support to them throughout the process.

“We appreciate that for some staff they may not wish to relocate and therefore a redundancy option will be available.”

But Unite are not satisfied with the possibility of losing 475 jobs and are calling on the bank to avoid making forced redundancies at all possible costs.

Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: “Just as we learn about the huge bonuses at the top of the bank, frontline staff are having their jobs put at risk.

“Many of the staff at the contact centre in Manchester will be furious to learn that the chief executive is in line for a £1 million bonus when their jobs are on the line.

"Unite is doing everything possible to protect jobs and we expect the bank to do everything possible to avoid forced redundancies.”

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