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Unite the union said it will fight “tooth and claw” to save UK jobs at IT services company CSC.
Services to customers including the NHS could be affected by proposed cuts, said the union.
Reacting to CSC plans to cut more than 1,000 staff in the UK – 22% of its workforce – the union said it would be impossible to cut this many staff without having a negative impact on customers, which include the NHS, BAE Systems and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The union said the intention of CSC to merge with competitor HPES is the reason behind the planned job cuts.
“These cuts are aimed at culling backroom staff of the many household name clients that CSC has,” said Mike Eatwell, Unite regional office.
“We condemn the management for not coming clean as to the exact details on the two tranches of job cuts,” he added. “The bosses need to be more transparent with those under threat of losing their jobs.
“Some of the accounts affected the smooth-running of the NHS and can only worsen healthcare services, given that many of them are under strain at present. This is particularly worrying.”
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“The NHS cannot run without effective computer support systems, and the reductions – in some cases proposals to make 50% redundant – could put patients’ lives in jeopardy. However, these decisions are made in America,” said Eatwell.
CSC’s main UK operations are in Aldershot, Banbury, Chesterfield, Chorley, Leeds, London and Preston.