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June Newsletter Belfast Update

BELFAST UPDATE

You may have heard earlier this year that the Capita to Client (C2C) sales contract in Belfast was not renewed by Prudential. This decision could potentially put over 110 sales jobs in Belfast at risk.

Unite was shocked at the decision made by Prudential as we understand that in 2008 C2C achieved all of the sales targets set and agreed by Prudential and Capita. Members in C2C have worked very hard to achieve these results and Capita recognised this. This is one of the problems of working for an outsourcing company as ultimately Capita was not the final decision maker.

We believed that Capita has done all it could to continue with this contract however we are still at a loss to understand why the Prudential has made such a decision.

Since the decision was made Unite has been working closely with Capita to agree a way forward. Through this work we have seen a number of employees successfully relocate. Unite and Capita have also agreed that everyone affected by the decision not to renew the sales contract will have a role until 1 October 2009 at the earliest, even if an individual's work migrates before that date. Capita and Unite's first preference is obviously that all staff affected by this decision will be redeployed to suitable alternative roles and Capita is currently working on many opportunities to try and make this possible.

In the meantime please support and show solidarity for you colleagues in Belfast. For further information and future updates please visit www.uniteincapita.org