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Press Release from Unite re Belfast

Please see below a press statement from Unite which was issued last week re the C2C contract

Prudential betrays Belfast workers

Unite the union has today slammed Prudential for a “massive betrayal’ of workers in Belfast after it was revealed that they would not renew their contract with Capita. The 100 Capita staff in Belfast risk redundancy as a result of this decision by Prudential.

Daryl Williams the Unite officer for Capita said “Unite is shocked that the contract with Capita has not been renewed by Prudential. This is a massive betrayal of the 100 hard-working staff. There is no evidence to suggest that this sales work can be done better or more economically elsewhere.

“The Prudential must now come to Unite with clarity over their restructuring proposals and give us firm detail on plans and jobs.

“The union is convinced that the decision not to renew the contract makes no economic sense. Perhaps Prudential shareholders to question why, in the current economic climate, is Prudential making decisions that simply don’t add up.”

Unite has serious doubts about the decision since Capita have produced a healthy sales profit for Prudential and hit their sales targets in 2008. According to the figures, seen by Unite, the centre produced annual policy revenue of over £60million in 2008.

Unite is now very concerned that the Prudential will force the closure of the sales centre in Belfast with the loss of around 100 jobs and move the work to one of its other UK sites. The loss of this contract could also bring into question the longer term future for the whole site in Belfast.

Unite also understand that Prudential received government funding to set up and maintain jobs in Belfast.

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