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COMPUTER SERVICES OUTSOURCING FIRM Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) is letting 640 staff go in the UK, bringing the total cull so far this year up to 1,100.
The firm said that it was saddened by the losses, but it's not quite as sad perhaps as Unite, the union that has already protested working conditions at the firm.
Unite said that its members are devastated by the news, and adds that the last thing it knew there were discussions taking place about potential job cuts. It said that the news that redundancies will go ahead came out of the blue.
"This announcement of a further 640 job cuts has dealt our members a severe body blow and left them absolutely devastated," said Unite national officer Kevin O'Gallagher.
"We have put forward a detailed plan which will avoid any compulsory redundancies in the company, however these plans have not been taken up and CSC is insistent on issuing compulsory redundancy notices despite receiving sufficient number of volunteer requests to leave the company."
O'Gallagher said that the redundancies had the backing of the National Offshoring Association's (NOA) despite some strong reservations.
"The NOA has taken no consideration of the fact that the union plans to allow for voluntary redundancy rather than compulsory redundancies," he added. "It also did not take into account, that from day one of the consultation, CSC has guaranteed that all its workers in India have had their jobs guaranteed regardless of expertise or level of skill.
Unite is looking to avoid any of its members taking the compulsory redundancies, which are described here as "clearly unnecessary" and designed to "enhance the profits of its American shareholders", and O'Gallagher said it will support them.
Last week Unite members took part in lunchtime protests at the firm over the job cuts. µ