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Tuesday 31st
posted by Peter Lazenby in Britain

WORKERS at outsourcing firm Capita on strike for nine days in defence of their pensions called on the company yesterday to “urgently rethink” its proposals.

Capita’s attempts to close the current benefit scheme and transfer staff to a contribution scheme has caused outrage among staff, with some set to lose 70 per cent of their retirement income as a result of the changes.

Their union Unite said it had repeatedly tried to settle the dispute by making numerous alternative pension proposals to the company.

However, the union claims that all of them have been dismissed by the employer.

Unite national officer Dominic Hook said: “Capita management only have themselves to blame for the fact that staff at Capita have been forced to take industrial action.

“The employer’s disgraceful plans to slash the deferred pay that staff will get in retirement has made employees angry in workplaces across the country.

“Capita must urgently rethink these pension proposals for the sake of their loyal staff and in order to prevent further delays to their contracts and increased reputational damage to the organisation.

Capita said it was one of a minority of companies still offering a defined-benefit pension scheme to a small number, some 4 per cent of its 73,000 employees, and argued this arrangement was not sustainable in the long-term.

The nine-day strike is due to end on Sunday November 5.