Capita workers plan six-day strike in pensions row
22 September 2017
Workers at outsourcing group Capita are to stage a six-day strike in a dispute over pensions.
Members of the Unite union will walk out from October 5 after voting heavily in favour of industrial action.
Unite said the action was in protest at plans to close the current defined benefit pension scheme and transfer staff to a defined contribution scheme.
Dominic Hook, Unite national officer, said: "The disgraceful plans by Capita to slash the deferred pay that staff will get in retirement is utterly unacceptable.
"Capita's pension proposals will have far-reaching consequences for the retirement of many Unite members.
"Some staff will lose a shocking 70% of their retirement income.
"Capita has once again put the interests of shareholders before those of its staff.
"Unite members want to know how a highly-profitable company such as Capita can undermine the morale and loyalty of hard-working staff by proposing to remove their defined benefit pension.
“There is no justification for highly-profitable Capita to treat its workforce in this manner.
“The extremely high vote in favour of strike action shows how strongly members feel about this.”
A Capita spokesman said: “We are in the minority of companies still offering a Defined Benefit pension plan to a small number, some 4% of our workforce, of our 73,000 employees.
“Their accrued benefits in the existing Defined Benefit pension are protected and the new Defined Contribution offer is above the average terms offered by both our competitors and FTSE 100 companies in the UK.
“We are disappointed that these employees, some 550, are to support Unite’s strike action.
“We have plans in place to ensure that any potential disruption to our clients’ services is mitigated.”