By Ben Simmons

79 jobs are being cut from WorldPay’s Harrogate offices and still others are at risk.

The Unite union has expressed concern that WorldPay is to make 79 employees, based in Harrogate redundant. The company which was formerly part of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was sold off in December 2010 as a result of competition and supervisory issues arising from the government’s bailout of RBS in 2008.

“The 79 employees at WorldPay now face a further period of great uncertainty, after going through the mass redundancies that blighted the Royal Bank of Scotland, then divestment from the bank to create WorldPay in December 2010," commented Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe, Unite officer.

"While Worldpay claims to be a company that is expanding, these words will sound hollow to employees today in Harrogate. Unite will be seeking, full consultation with WorldPay and our priority is to save as many jobs in Harrogate as possible.

“This is a big blow to the labour market in Harrogate. Employees who are unaffected by this announcement will now be concerned about their future job security. Employees in the Harrogate site could be facing a bleak future and Unite will robustly challenge any compulsory job losses. We will be expecting WorldPay to explore all avenues to avoid compulsory redundancies and to keep jobs in Harrogate."

Over a third of the 217 WorldPay employees working in Harrogate will be impacted and have the threat of redundancy hanging over them. This announcement will mean that five departments will close in Harrogate and the work from those departments will be transferred to the office in Gateshead.

WorldPay in the UK currently employs around 2,000 staff in offices based in London, Cambridge, Harrogate and Gateshead.

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