Belfast Telegraph

Prudential workers to strike over outsourcing jobs to India

Workers at insurance giant Prudential are to stage two 24-hour strikes in a dispute over the outsourcing of jobs to India.

Members of Unite based in Reading will walk out on September 16 and 23 in protest at annuity work being switched to Mumbai.

Unite regional officer Ian Methven said: "The Prudential has got itself tied up in knots over this unnecessary offshoring exercise.

"The management is unclear about how many jobs are at risk and how much money will allegedly be saved.

"This confusion smacks of rank incompetence. As a result, our members will be staging two 24-hour strikes as a major shot across the company's bows. Customer services for annuities will be severely affected on the strike days.

"We want the management to reconsider its decision which risks losing over 500 years of collective knowledge and experience in Reading."

The union said 82 jobs are at risk.