Capita workers vote to strike on jobs going to India

Employees from Capita, the computer services firm, have voted to go on strike over work going to India resulting in job losses here. More than 200 members of the union Unite were involved in the dispute at sites in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Reading and Craigforth in Scotland. The union called on clients of the firm to veto the plans and asked Capita if it would withdraw the offshore plans.

Capita claim that consultation over the proposed move to India is ongoing so they have expressed their disappointment at Unite, who are to agree strike dates from Thursday if talks do not resolve the row. Members of Unite have voted four to one for a strike and nine to one on action short of a strike on a 65% turnout. 84 employees, which is 2% of the IT Services workforce, voted in favour of action.

David Fleming, Unite national officer has said that Capita’s IT staff were angry about the plan to send skilled work abroad so voted for industrial action. He continued by stating the fact that when the skilled jobs are moved abroad and away from the local communities they do not return, which damages the local economy.