|[22 APR 99] POWERGEN
East Midlands Electricity To Cut Jobs
has today announced a major restructuring of its Distribution business that will enable it
to deliver a better service to customers at lower cost.
The company will:
- Streamline the management and administration of its Distribution business at new,
purpose-built premises at Pegasus business Park near junction 24 of the M1.
- Establish a dedicated, customer-focused central incident centre at this site to provide
the fastest possible response to any problems occurring with the network.
- Restructure the business around four key activities, backed by modern technology, to
improve all-round customer service: network investment; new connections; inspection and
maintenance; restoration and repair.
- Maintain a strong presence on the ground through four Field operation Centres, supported
by contractors in the region. These will be located near motorways / major roads for
improved service and response:
- Huthwaite / Eastwood (M1 J27/28)
- Northampton / Wellingborough (A45)
- Sleaford (A15 / A17 intersection)
Currently, the distribution business consists of six regional businesses based at
Coventry, Derby, Leicester, Lincoln, Northampton and Nottingham. Although this arrangement
has functioned adequately for a number of years, it has the disadvantage of creating
significant duplication of activity and variable service quality.
Moving our employees from city centres to locations convenient to major motorway and
road networks will improve our coverage and ability to respond to customer needs. We will
also be able to manage the business more efficiently, while delivering customer service of
a consistently high standard across the region in a more flexible and responsive manner.
The changes will mean a reduction in staff numbers as we restructure the business to
compete in the modern environment and deliver value to our customers. The reorganisation
will take place over the next two years and will be phased to provide a seamless
transition to the new structure.
Employees have been told today about the restructuring and there will now be a formal
period of consultation with employees and trade unions. Reductions will be achieved by
voluntary severance and natural wastage.
Nick Baldwin, Executive Director of UK Operations said:
"We want to be world class and we recognise that we need to change to achieve
this. We have compared ourselves with the worlds best and the changes we are
announcing today will help us deliver outstanding performance to both our customers and
Planning permission was granted for the new central office
at Pegasus Business park by North West Leicestershire District Council on 8 April 1999.
The Distribution business is responsible for the operation
and maintenance of some 67,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables in a region
that covers 16,000 sq km and serves 2.3 million customers.
Since privatisation, East Midlands Electricity now
part of PowerGen has achieved a strong record of customer service improvement and
price reductions (26% reduction of £90 off the average customer bill).
Mike Pollak 01203 424292
Una Mullan 0115 9955976
Esther Kaposi 0171 8262723
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