Friday, 7 February 2014

Civil Service jobs could go abroad

Katy Clark MP has condemned UK Government plans that could see hundreds of civil service jobs ‘off-shored’.

The Tory-Lib Dem Coalition has ‘sold’ the operation of civil service support functions to a French-owned corporation called Steria. The work secured by the company includes IT services for courts and the prison service. Last week the UK Ministry of Justice told staff that 1,300 jobs could be outsourced “within months”.

Steria, which operates in a number of countries, indicated its plans will involve job cuts and office closures, as some of the work will go overseas.

Katy Clark said, “I am appalled that the privatisation of vital civil service positions will lead to job cuts and the outsourcing of roles overseas. In these difficult economic times, the Government should be looking to protect jobs, not sell them off to the highest bidder, particularly when that bidder is seeking to move jobs overseas at the earliest opportunity.”

The Labour MP for North Ayrshire & Arran also expressed concern that the UK Government “appears to be suggesting it can transfer these jobs to Steria without going through the normal tendering process.” Ms Clark said, “Given the implications for staff, it cannot be right that any decisions are taken behind closed doors. A full, transparent and accountable process is needed.”

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