ANGER EXPLODED last week at the news that energy company Scottish Power plans to axe 450 jobs, 250 of them in Scotland. At the same time the company announced profits of £1.3 million a day. Company boss Ian Robinson was paid £1.1 million last year. Even AEEU union leader Sir Ken Jackson, who talks of 'partnership' between bosses and workers, was forced to slam the company. Scottish Power has tried to blame the job cuts on the power regulator demanding customer savings. In reality the cuts are part of a massive shake up in the industry.
A senior steward in Scottish Power told Socialist Worker, 'These people are destroying a former nationalised industry. Scottish Power is expanding internationally. The whole industry is being restructured. They are all shedding labour like it is going out of fashion. That means fewer people working harder. That means power cuts, maintenance cuts and tiredness, which compromises safety. People on the shop floor are calling for action. They are talking about not working over the holiday as a protest and giving up £1,000 millennium pay. People are very angry. Jackson's strategy of 'partnership' with the bosses has backfired. Senior shop stewards will be meeting shortly to discuss what action we take.'