Highlands & Islands

Work at Stornoway call centre could be extended

Work for 27 people who have been at risk of losing their jobs at a call handling centre in Stornoway on Lewis could be extended for a year.

The staff at Consumer Advice Direct (Cad) were given redundancy notices in early January because a key contract is due to expire on 31 March.

However, the client Citizens Advice Scotland has been negotiating a year's extension to the contract.

Public sector union Unison has been trying to save the 27 jobs.

Local branch organiser Flora Somerville said: "We understand that following our intervention a further one-year contract is being negotiated which safeguards our members' jobs for 12 months whilst consideration is given to the longer-term.

"There was the additional risk that under a new contract, Cad would opt not to continue in Stornoway and that jobs would transfer to Glasgow.

"We have however received assurances from Citizens Advice Scotland that they are fully committed to keeping the Stornoway call centre in operation."

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