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Pru accused of hindering staff&#39s prospects after salesforce is sold

Prudential has been accused of treating staff unfairly following its deal to sell its salesforce to national IFA Inter-Alliance.

Staff have been waiting to hear about their redundancy packages for more than three months since Pru announced the axing of its salesforce on February 13.

Some are now calling on the company to clarify their situation in writing. Several Pru salespeople have complained that barriers are being put in their way to try to stop them progressing with opportunities other than at Inter-Alliance.

An email seen by Money Marketing from the Pru to its salespeople states: “Prudential has taken the decision that employees are not allowed to attend or undertake training with external organisations while in employment with the company.” But the Pru strongly recommended its 1,600-strong salesforce to attend information meetings with Inter-Alliance last week in London, Glasgow and Birmingham as part of the IFA&#39s deal to buy the salesforce.

IFA network Positive Solutions chief executive David Harrison says: “Individuals should be free to choose without feeling pressurised by the company dumping them.”

Another network has accused Pru of using scaremongering tactics with its salesforce.

Pru sales director John Prout says: “Inter-Alliance made a commercial arrangement with us while other networks decided not to progress. Members of staff can go to other interviews or presentations if they wish but we have not issued redundancy notices yet so they cannot take up employment or attend training.”

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