Up To 50 Jobs At Risk After Prudential Changes Contract

Up to 50 jobs in Belfast are at risk after Prudential decided to change a contract.

Capita has been advised that Diligenta in England has took up a contract for Prudential Assurance's life and pensions business which means it would not need any staff in Belfast as it will be relocating the business to Reading.

Kevin McAdam from Unite the Union said the news has come as a "hammer blow" to staff.

He said: "This decision effectively leaves up to 50 people in Belfast facing redundancy in the next few months. The company which has taken on the contract, Diligenta, have offered staff redeployment to Reading but this is neither realistic nor affordable for our members. This is a business that has been delivered for Prudential by the workforce here since the early 1980s and some of the current staff have over 30 years' service.
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"In justifying their decision to leave Northern Ireland, Diligenta, on behalf of Prudential, has referenced the fact that Belfast is 'physically isolated from the two core UK locations' posing unspecified physical and technical barriers. But these are the same two companies who tell us when outsourcing to India that these type of jobs can be done anywhere in today's world! One of the most galling aspects of all this is that the staff who will be made redundant will be required to train new staff in England on how to do their jobs.

"Unite believes that this is a case where a new company wants to cut Northern Ireland workers out of the picture for their own ease of operation. We are calling on the people in Northern Ireland to reconsider whether Prudential products have any value to them; investors here must rethink their investments in a company that writes off this part of the United Kingdom as 'physically isolated'.


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