CSC has shocked workers with an announcement of a further 640 job cuts in the UK on top of about 400 cuts previously announced on its NHS IT contract.
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The Unite union said the latest 640 job cuts, which it was informed about on Friday (20 April), were unexpected.
“Following several weeks of consultation over a reduction of staff working on the NHS account (Lorenzo contract), this further announcement comes totally out of the blue and has left workers feeling devastated,” said Unite
Unite national officer Kevin O’Gallagher said CSC has not taken up the union's plan to avoid compulsory redundancies, over which the supplier's workers staged a protest last week.
The union said that despite the cutbacks in the UK, CSC has taken the step to reassure its staff in India that their jobs are not at risk.
“It also did not take into account that from day one of the consultation, CSC has guaranteed that all its workers in India have had their jobs regardless of expertise or level of skill,” said the union.
Unite said it will fight compulsory redundancies: “With the full support of our membership, Unite is determined to avoid any compulsory redundancies, which are clearly unnecessary and in the main to enhance the profits of its American shareholders. We now owe it to our members to do everything in our power to support them during this very uncertain time and fight these job cuts.”
CSC wrote off $1.5bn due to its troubled NHS IT contract, and is still yet to sign a revised agreement with the Department of Health to secure the future of the deal.
The outsourcing firm is also facing threats of industrial action from the PCS union over the job security of staff at the Ministry of Defence pay and pensions administration after winning a deal from HP.