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Threat to 350 TV Licensing jobs

Hundreds of TV Licensing jobs are at risk of redundancy under plans to relocate work, it has been announced.

Capita said 350 jobs were at risk due to its decision to switch work from its office in Bristol to other sites in the UK following a review of its business.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) said the move was "callous", adding that it feared compulsory redundancies would hit Bristol "particularly heavily".

The union held a series of strikes over pay at Capita's TV Licensing sites last year.

A Capita spokesman said: "As part of a comprehensive review undertaken as part of the bid procurement for the TV Licensing contract, Capita has concluded that a revised delivery model is necessary to meet the demands of the contract in the future.

"As part of that we are proposing to optimise our current structure and relocate work from the existing Capita office in Bristol to other UK locations. This means that around 350 roles in Bristol are 'at risk' of redundancy, although an office will be retained in Bristol.

"We will now commence a formal consultation period with employees and their nominated trade union representatives to ensure that all possible options are explored."

The CWU said some jobs will also be lost among field operations, adding that some work work was being transferred to India.

National officer Andy Furey said: "This is devastating news for workers in Bristol, Glasgow and elsewhere and a terrible way to start 2012. It's a callous act by Capita management who have put commercial interests ahead of jobs and people.

"It appears that Capita has sacrificed the livelihoods of people in Bristol, Glasgow and elsewhere as cost savings to win the BBC TV Licence contract, rather than finding legitimate savings elsewhere."


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