Staff at Capita sites across the country will today (Monday 18th July) start two days of strike action in an ongoing dispute about staff pay. Capita employees started the 48 hour strike action this morning, in an escalation of the successful 24 hour strike action in June.
Picket lines will be in place from Stirling to Bournemouth in the dispute over the derisory pay offer made by Capita which will result in a real terms pay cut for 75% of Unite members.
Dominic Hook, Unite national officer says: “Unite the union members across the country have been given no choice but to have to stand up against the derisory pay offer made by their employer Capita. It is deeply regrettable that Capita have not returned to the negotiating table to resolve this dispute.
“Capita have thus far failed to recognise that it is the hard work and commitment of their workforce that has brought them another year of positive financial results. The pay deal on offer would result in a real terms pay cut for 75% of staff, this is unacceptable.
“In a nationwide show of strength Unite members are now staging a 48 hour strike, with the ban on overtime continuing. If Capita wishes to resolve this dispute with their workforce they must now bring positive proposals to the pay negotiations and recognise the value of their staff.”
Key Capita strike sites today are: Reading, Bristol, Bournemouth, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Belfast and Stirling. The Capita sites service the following client companies who will be impacted: Prudential, Aviva, Royal London, Abbey Life and Guardian.
For further information contact Saba Edwards, Senior Communications Officer on: 07768 693 953.
Notes to editors
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.