The UK arm of Computer Sciences Corporation has signed an agreement with Amicus, the UK's largest private sector union, that promises no compulsory redundancies and commitments to invest in the skills of its UK staff.
The US-based services company employs 10,000 people in the UK, running IT for Anglian Water, the Royal Mail, Zurich Financial Services and BHS. It is also the local service provider in the North West for the NHS national IT programme.
The agreement formally commits CSC to full, early consultation with Amicus on its global- isation 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 it 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," he said.