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Jobs protest at town centre IT firm

EMPLOYEES at a Solihull IT firm held a protest against job losses last week after being told their site could bear the brunt of almost 400 redundancies being made nationwide.

EMPLOYEES at a Solihull IT firm held a protest against job losses last week after being told their site could bear the brunt of almost 400 redundancies being made nationwide.

Computer Sciences Corporation employ the majority of its UK workforce in New Road and staff fear that cuts will hit hardest there.

Around 18 employees turned out in the pouring rain last Thursday (April 19) to demonstrate against the proposals.

John Turvey, Unite Spokesperson for the site, said the company had reduced temporary and contractual staff to alleviate some of the problems but people were still likely to lose their jobs.

“ The point of our protests today was to get across our campaign - no compulsory redundancy, let the volunteers go.

“Even though there are a sufficient number of voluntary redundancies, the company is attempting to match them with non-voluntary redundancy.”

Unite national officer Kevin O’Gallagher said: “Our members are taking to the streets to get their voices heard. As a union, we will do everything in our power to support these workers.”

In response, a CSC spokesman said: “We have been working with the trade unions and employee representatives in consultation to mitigate the necessity for compulsory redundancies.

“The consultation is ongoing with significant progress having already been made in this regard through a voluntary programme and redeployment, and we are hopeful of making still further progress.”

 

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