Hundreds of workers at four Capita ITS sites to start overtime ban next week. Staff believe 400 jobs are at risk across the company


Unite members at the recently-created IT services arm of the outsourcing giant, Capita are to start industrial action next week in a dispute over compulsory redundancies.

Workers at four Capita ITS sites, in Reading, Craigforth, Birmingham and Bournemouth will begin an overtime ban next Tuesday (4 September).

Officials warn of strike action if the company does not agree to a settlement on the issues of redundancies and offshoring.

The company plans to transfer some of the work of computer services staff to Pune in India as part of proposals to cut as many as 400 jobs.

More than 200 staff work at the four sites, with clients that include major insurance and finance companies.

David Fleming, Unite national officer, said: “Unite has made every attempt to find a negotiated settlement with Capita, but we have been frustrated by the response from management.

“Capita management have underestimated our members’ strength of feeling who are determined to fight for their job security.

“The union will stand alongside them.

“Despite some initial progress, Capita is insisting that compulsory redundancies remain an option and will not rule out any further offshoring in future.

“A lasting agreement on all the issues is the only way to resolve this dispute.

“Escalation to full strike action is the next step if Capita does not reconsider its position.”

The union is calling on Capita to withdraw offshoring plans which it says will be detrimental to Capita clients, including Prudential Phoenix and Abbey Life.

Officials challenge the company’s assertion that the transfer of work abroad will deliver cost savings. They say vital skills and knowledge will be lost if the Capita plans are implemented.

Unite members voted 4:1 for strike action and 9:1 for action short of strike on a 65% turnout.

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