Day two: Capita workers back on strike over pensions

Unite members on strike at Capita are joined on the picket line in Reading by Labour MP Matt Rodda, October 2017. Image from @MattRodda

Staff at Capita this morning begin their second of nine days’ strike action in their dispute over pensions.  

The Unite members, who are on picket lines in Birmingham, Reading, Bristol, Manchester, Stirling and Belfast, are angry at the company’s attempts to close their current defined benefit scheme and transfer them to a defined contribution scheme.

Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: “Capita management only have themselves to blame for the fact that staff at Capita have been forced to take industrial action. The employer’s disgraceful plans to slash the deferred pay that staff will get in retirement has made employees angry in workplaces across the country.

“Unite has repeatedly tried to settle this dispute and made numerous alternative pension proposals to the company, all of which the employer has failed to consider. Unite suspended planned strikes in good faith in order to reach a settlement with Capita. Unfortunately the company has failed to make a reasonable offer to address the concerns of their workforce.

“Capita’s pension proposals will have far reaching consequences for the retirement of many Unite members. Some staff will lose a shocking 70 per cent of their retirement income.

“There is no justification for highly profitable Capita to treat its workforce in this manner.  The extremely high vote in favour of strike action shows how strongly members feel about this.

“Capita must urgently rethink these pension proposals for the sake of their loyal staff and in order to prevent further delays to their contracts and increased reputational damage to the organisation.”

The union is calling on the companies which outsource contracts to Capita to intervene to settle this betrayal of staff facing the loss of a significant proportion of their retirement income.

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