Swansea council approves transfer of IT staff to Capgemini

Swansea council’s cabinet administration has approved plans to transfer IT staff to outsourcer Capgemini as part of its troubled...

Swansea council’s cabinet administration has approved plans to transfer IT staff to outsourcer Capgemini as part of its troubled £150m [email protected] project.

Last year, about 100 IT staff went on strike for a number of weeks in response to what they saw as a lack of consultation on the project, which will see the council adopt a single call centre to handle enquiries from the public.

The action by staff was put on hold at the end of 2004 when the council agreed to further consultation in advance of choosing a preferred bidder for the work.

Capgemini won out against ITNet at the turn of the year, and the council has been negotiating terms with the staff since that decision. But just last week, IT staff spoke to members of the press claiming they still had not been consulted properly.

The council says between 50% and 70% of IT staff will transfer to Capgemini with contractual guarantees protecting terms and conditions, location of work and their local government pension.

Mary Jones, cabinet member for performance, said, “Our IT staff will join one of the world’s leading IT companies, where they will be able to develop their skills and careers.

“We have heard their concerns and have agreed with Capgemini a range of measures to ensure protection of their terms and conditions for the period of the 10-year contract.”

Jones said, “These measures include the right not to have to work outside the Swansea area. We have also been able to respond to their particular concerns regarding pensions, and employees will be able to remain in the local government pension scheme.”

Jones said [email protected] will deliver up to £72m of savings over the next 10 years and improve council services. The IT staff last week disputed the council’s savings figures.

“The savings will be generated through introducing world-class computer systems and working practices to reduce duplication and improve the way we work,” said Jones.

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