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Capita staff plan strike over offshoring plans

Workers at computer services firm Capita have voted to go on strike over job losses and work going to India.

Unite said more than 200 of its members at sites in Reading, Craigforth in Scotland, Birmingham and Bournemouth were involved in the dispute.

The union has called on Capita to withdraw its offshoring plans and for the firm's clients to veto the plans.

Capita said it was "disappointed" as a consultation over the proposal to move work to India was still ongoing.

If talks fail to resolve the row, Unite will agree strike dates and action short of a strike on Thursday.

Unite members voted by four to one for strike action and nine to one for action short of strike on a 65% turnout.

'Damaging impact'

Unite national officer David Fleming said: "Capita IT staff have voted for industrial action out of anger at Capita's plans to send skilled work abroad.

"Once the skilled jobs are offshored from local communities they never return, which leaves a damaging impact on local economies.

"Unite members are determined to oppose the plan to send their jobs to India and cut other UK jobs, and Unite is calling on Capita's clients to veto the plans."

In a statement, Capita said: "This consultation process is not yet complete and we are disappointed that 84 employees who are members of Unite, 2% of the entire IT Services workforce, have voted in favour of industrial action.

"We have robust processes in place to ensure that this proposed industrial action will not impact our service delivery to clients."

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