Staff at TV Licensing vote for strike action

Workers in TV Licensing’s headquarters in Bristol have voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in the aftermath of Capita’s controversial decision to outsource administration work to India.

In a 75% turnout of workers, 94.6% voted for industrial action.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) claims the decision to outsource to India will result in the loss of hundreds of jobs currently based in Bristol.

The union said 124 employees will take part in the official action, with the dates to be set shortly.

Andy Furey, CWU, assistant secretary, said: “The CWU condemns the cynical decision by Capita to offshore UK TV Licensing jobs to India.

“This move by a successful blue-chip company is motivated entirely by greed and will result not only in the loss of quality employment but will also leave customers’ personal information and bank details open to abuse.”

The BBC outsourced TV licensing work to Capita in 2003.

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