Threat to 350 Bristol TV licensing jobs

TV Licensing staff on strike
Image caption TV Licensing staff are based in Darwen and Bristol

Hundreds of TV Licensing jobs are at risk of redundancy under plans to relocate work from Bristol.

Capita said it was proposing to move 350 jobs from its office in the city to Darwen in Lancashire and India.

The Communication Workers Union 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 during 2011.

A Capita spokesman said that during the bid for the TV Licensing contract it had decided that "a revised delivery model" was needed.

"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," he said.

Options explored

"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 firm said a smaller office would be retained in Bristol and some jobs could also be lost in Glasgow.

Communication Workers Union 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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