Matt Vickers, MP for Stockton South, brands Barclaycard’s decision to relocate 1,000 jobs away from Stockton “bizarre”.
Barclaycard has announced that 1,000 staff at Barclaycard House on Massey Road on the Teesdale Business Park will be relocated to Doxford Park in Sunderland.
The move has come about as the banking giant, which has occupied a prominent building on the Stockton business park for around 20 years, has been reviewing its sites and the way its teams work.
Barclaycard have said that “There are no compulsory redundancies for Barclays employees as a result of today’s announcement”, however one worker, who prefers to not be named, compared the situation to “a like it or lump it approach” saying that “no redundancy was offered”.
Mr Vickers said:
“I am clearly extremely disappointed to learn about Barclaycard’s intention to relocate jobs away from Stockton.
“This region has a tremendous amount to offer. I’m at a loss as to why Barclaycard would want to move away when they benefit from an amazing workforce and from the fact that Teesside has seen exceptional levels of investment over the past 2 years.
“I will be asking for a meeting with senior representatives from Barclaycard to find out more information as to what has brought about this bizarre move.
"I would also like some reassurances as to what is being done to help employees who may struggle to commute up the A19 every day.”