Belfast Telegraph

Capita staff to strike over cuts to pensions

By Alan Jones

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. 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."

Belfast Telegraph

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