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Capita pensions staff eye strike action over pay dispute

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Capita pensions staff are considering strike action after voting to reject the introduction of a performance-related pay system at the outsourcing firm.

In an independent ballot, Unite members across Capita voted by 88.4 per cent to reject the pay proposal on a turnout of 72 per cent.

A unite spokesman says the proposed pay system would pit worker against worker rather than introducing an objective pay rise.

Pensions employees in Glasgow, Bristol and Reading are affected by the action.

The spokesman says: “This is specifically for Capita workers in the pensions division. It is only in the finance division of Capita that there is union recognition and these talks take place.”

Capita says it has not received formal notification of a ballot for strike action.

However, Unite says because Capita has not yet made a counter-offer, the union will serve it with a seven-day notice for a final industrial ballot for strike action that will be launched in the coming days.

Unite finance national officer Dominic Hook says: “There is still time for Capita to return to the table with a sensible offer reflecting the hard work of our members which has made the company so profitable.”

In 2013 Capita members took successful strike action over pay following a 65 per cent rejection of the proposed deal.

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  1. Strike? I thought they had been for years.

    On the bright side it might improve service.

  2. If the FCA allow Capita to withdraw services via a strike this will be anti TCF. I am quite looking forward to that as if the FCA makes no comment and it goes ahead, it will set a precedent for small firms working to rule against FCA decisions as they treat us as if we are employees, but we work to rule at risk of accusations of being non TCF or not completing a return in a set deadline such as Gabriel reports when the FCA has just added their suitability report requests to firms workloads. The irony is the FCA can refuse FOI requests if the collation of info takes more than 3 working days, but the FCA demand whatever they want and we have to do it….. or do we if Capita can strike, why can’t we work to rule?

  3. Capita employee 30th April 2016 at 5:32 pm

    All year we have been thanked for all the hard work we have done making the pensions changes work and capita so profitable. Yet when it comes to pay it seems only the bosses will get rewarded. The prp system means that most staff will get only below inflation rises.

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