IT services firm Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) has signed an agreement with union Amicus that promises no compulsory redundancies and makes a commitment to invest in the skills of the company's 10,000 UK staff.
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The agreement formally commits CSC, who provides IT services for organisations including Anglian Water, Royal Mail, Zurich Financial Services, BHS and the NHS, to full, early consultation with Amicus on its globalisation strategy, with the supplier promising that its global sourcing activity will not lead to compulsory redundancies in the UK.
It also includes a financial commitment by CSC to reinvest a proportion of any savings the company makes from sourcing internationally in developing higher-level skills in the UK workforce.
Peter Skyte, national officer for Amicus, said: “Globalisation may be an economic reality but employers must continue to invest in people, skills and technology rather than engage in a race to the bottom.”
Alan Johnson, secretary of state for trade and industry, hailed the deal as “showing the way ahead” for industry in a globalised world. “The crucial thing is to ensure that it works for the many, not the few,” Johnson said.