An energy supplier has ruled out moving its call centres overseas after a series of talks with trade union representatives.

Seeboard's parent company EDF Energy employs almost 1,000 people in Hove and about 200 in Worthing and has pledged to keep them there.

The decision follows a consultation with customers, managers, staff and with Unison, GMB, Amicus and Prospect trade unions.

Vincent de Rivaz, Chief Executive of EDF Energy said: "We have worked closely with our trade unions to reach this decision, and are delighted with the positive reaction we have had."

Thursday December 11, 2003