Unite the Union

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November 28, 2007 04:16 ET

Unite Reaction to Prudential Outsourcing Decision

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Nov. 28, 2007) - Unite the Union have today (Wednesday 28th November) cautiously welcomed the announcement by the Prudential to outsource 3000 jobs to Capita.

The union views the decision to outsource these jobs as a positive move in order to secure the jobs of Prudential employees.

Graham Goddard, Unite Deputy General Secretary, says: "Unite views the arrangement with Capita as a positive development for staff. We will now be seeking an urgent meeting with Capita in order to obtain clarification on their plans for current Prudential staff. Over the coming months we will be working with Prudential and Capita to ensure our members jobs and terms are protected.

"Unite will be pressing for a commitment from Capita of no compulsory redundancies. We would envisage that redeployment opportunities and career prospect should be brighter in Capita, which is a growing business."

Unite have been fully consulted by Prudential and are now in consultation with Capita and Prudential in relation to the transfer.

The union will continue to consult with both organisations to make sure employees' terms and conditions are protected, ensure that union recognition is granted and dialogue continues with Unite as both businesses develop.

- Notes to Editors -

The decision to outsource the work, follows the announcement made on 15th March 2007 when the Prudential said it was reviewing the work of 3000 people mainly working on Mature Life and Pensions products.

The transfer date for employees is March 2008. This gives Unite, Prudential and Capita time to continue the dialogue. The move will transfer nearly 1700 UK based jobs (based in Reading and Stirling) and 1300 in Mumbai. The majority of roles are back office administration and call centre jobs although many management and support roles will also transfer.

Prudential currently employ around 4300 staff in the UK plus 1900 staff in Mumbai.

Subject to consultation Unite believe around 1000 people in Stirling (Craigforth) 800 in Reading & 1300 in Mumbai - will transfer to Craigforth.

Contact Information

  • Unite Press Office
    Saba Mozakka
    07768 693 953 or 020 7420 8916