'It stinks': Warmsure staff 'feel let down' over job cuts
STAFF at a Hull call centre have spoken of their anger after it was announced at least 100 jobs will be cut.
Workers at Warmsure in National Avenue learned on Wednesday of the company's plans to close the centre next month and move its planning department to the North West.
The business is part of Carillion Energy Services (CES), which said the closure was prompted by the Government's plans to slash the Feed-in-Tariff scheme by half.
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However, staff at Warmsure are unconvinced and claim the company is using it as an excuse to end its operations in the city.
Jon Garnett, 27, of west Hull, has been with the company, working in the admin department, since October 2006.
He was told his job was under threat in December and began looking elsewhere.
As he prepares to start a new job on Monday, he said he is one of the luckier ones.
"I don't have any commitments but I have colleagues who have families to support. They are losing their livelihoods," he said.
"We feel let down and Carillion has no empathy for its employees.
"Everyone is disappointed and upset by the news, lots of people have been crying."
Carillion provides services for boilers and heating products as well as solar panels, and employs 150 people in Hull. The company said if it proceeds with plans to exit the city premises, this would be complete by the end of August.
Hull North MP Diana Johnson, said: "Hull MPs have been kept completely in the dark about how this decision was made and employees in Hull have been treated disgracefully.
"I've been demanding an explanation from Carillion Energy Services.
"This is another loss of private sector jobs from Hull.
"Even worse, it's in the renewable energy sector. This is supposed to be one of our best hopes for jobs locally and growth nationally."
Mr Garnett claims the company has failed to invest in the business, stopped replacing staff and left workers without basic equipment.
"It stinks the way we have been treated," he said.
A worker from the planning department, who wished not to be named, claims there are 500 homes waiting for parts that have not yet been ordered, due to the lack of staff.
He said: "Some of residents will be elderly and with the cold weather this month, it is not good at all.
"Since day one, Carillion made all these promises.
"I haven't even had a pay rise in two-and-a-half years."
A spokesman for Carillion said: "It is vital that we discuss our proposals fully and properly with the individuals affected to understand their position and any potential impacts for them."
Ideal Heating, which is still based at the National Avenue site, is unaffected by the job losses.