Industrial action at Capita ITS

28 Aug

Unite has today (Tuesday, 28 August) announced the start date for industrial action at four Capita ITS sites.

Unite members working in Reading, Craigforth (near Stirling), Birmingham and Bournemouth will be taking continuous action from 4 September. The dispute centres on Capita’s plans to offshore work to India and a wider compulsory redundancy programme.

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.

“As talks stalled last week, Unite now has no option but to announce a ban on overtime and on-call working as well as a refusal to undertake any work associated with the offshoring programme from Tuesday 4 September.

“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.”

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

Unite is calling on Capita to withdraw its offshoring plans which will be detrimental to Capita clients including: Prudential Phoenix and Abbey Life. The union has challenged the company’s assertion that the transfer of work abroad will deliver the unsubstantiated cost savings and holds the view that vital skills and knowledge will be lost if the Capita plans are implemented.


For more information please contact: Saba Edwards, 07768 693 953


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