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Unite: Finance staff at Capita strike in pay row

Unite the union members at finance company Capita will strike for two days (23rd and 24th September) in a dispute over a "derisory pay offer".

Staff in Capita, Glasgow are angry that despite continued profit increases the company is refusing to give staff a fair pay rise. The two days of industrial action in Glasgow will have a damaging impact on the contracts that the finance company run out of this Scottish office.

Unite members will be joined on their picket line by local MPs and MSPs. Unite has written to Capita's clients to make them aware of the breakdown in negotiations between the union and Capita.

Rob MacGregor, Unite national officer said: "Capita staff are being forced by their employer to accept an insulting pay offer while their CEO, Paul Pindar, awards himself a package worth £9.8m. This hypocrisy by Capita, at a time when the staff in Glasgow are bringing the company good profits, is truly shameful.

"Capita have repeatedly ignored the legitimate concerns over pay. How can a company, which increased operating profit by 18% to £320 million last year and increased the dividend payment to shareholders by 20%, not be able to give it's staff a cost of living pay rise?

"Unite members believe that Capita is simply using the economic downturn as an excuse to deny their staff the reward they have earned. The pay offer of 1.5%, when contrasted with the huge bonuses being paid out in the Capita boardroom, is nothing short of insulting. Staff will not accept this derisory offer.

"The union is furious that despite the hard work and commitment from Capita workers over many years, their employer is treating them in this manner."

Staff will strike for two days on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th September 2009 at Bothell Street, Glasgow, G2 6UR
A picket line will be outside the Capita office from: 8am - 5pm.

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For more information contact: Saba Mozakka, Unite press office on: 020 7420 8916 or 07768 693 953.

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