David Cameron is asked to step in over 400 Oldbury npower job losses

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The Prime Minister is being asked to intervene over 400 npower job losses in Oldbury.

The energy giant is axing the jobs as work is outsourced to India. Its Quayside House offices in Rounds Green Road, will close next summer.

Staff will begin to leave by March next year, after a 60-day consultation was launched with workers. The news was broken to them after they arrived for work last Thursday.

The back-office roles performed at Quayside House will be managed by Indian company Tata Consultancy Services instead, with work moving over in phases.

Sandwell Council's leader Councillor Darren Cooper said he would now ask David Cameron to intervene.

"This is a terrible blow for hundreds of hard-working people and families just before Christmas," he said.

"I am writing to David Cameron to ask him to help get npower to reverse its decision but I am not hopeful of a reply.

"I am bitterly disappointed by the decision to move these jobs abroad, especially as npower is one of the 'big six' energy firms which racked up huge profits last year.

"We will do everything we can to help the people losing their livelihoods. Our own employment agency is already identifying possible vacancies across the area."

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