Blue chip firms to be hit as Capita pension workers st...

Blue chip firms to be hit as Capita pension workers stage 24-hour strike

14 June 2016

Blue chip finance companies, serviced by Capita, will be hit when nearly 1,000 life and pension workers stage a 24-hour strike on Thursday (16 June) in a dispute over ‘poverty pay’.

More than 920 life and pensions workers at Capita across the UK will strike for 24-hours from 00:01 on 16 June.

Unite, the country’s largest union, said that the strike would inevitably lead to a disruption of service to Capita’s blue chip clients, including Abbey Life, Aviva, Guardian, Met Life, Prudential and Royal London.

Unite national officer for finance Dominic Hook said: “Our members are fed up to the back teeth by enduring poverty pay, while Capita accrues large profits on the back of their hard work.

“The strike will hit the services to a number of blue chip companies which may wish to put pressure on Capita bosses to come to a fair settlement.

“If Capita does not enter into constructive talks, more strikes are definitely on the cards, given the depth of anger of our members.”

The strike comes on top of an overtime ban since 3 June and the on-call ban and standby ban, which started on 27 May.
The Capita workers are based in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Manchester, Reading and Stirling.

The dispute follows a ‘derisory’ pay offer which would have resulted in a real terms pay cut for 75 per cent of staff. Capita had proposed a 1.5 per cent 'pay pot' which would have been distributed to staff through a flawed and opaque performance-related grading system, which only serves to divorce pay increases from the cost of living.

Dominic Hook added: “Profit-hungry Capita bosses are ducking-and-diving to squeeze our members so the pips squeak with the flawed ‘pay pot’ proposal  – and now the staff have said that ‘enough is enough’.” 


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For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Email: 

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.