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From The Socialist newspaper, 25 April 2012
Jobs threat at CSC
Unite members joined lunchtime protests against job losses at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) Chesterfield and Leeds sites. A rep in Chesterfield told me that the profitable US company wants to make more than 400 compulsory redundancies across four of its larger sites in Britain.
"450 have already been identified for redundancy, but 700 have volunteered. It's a sign of how people feel working for this company that so many want to go.
"In addition to this the company has announced a further 650 job losses across the UK and Ireland. CSC is retaining its offshore jobs in India. There may now be a ballot for industrial action."
CSC has lost work on the massive Lorenzo NHS contract that New Labour introduced ten years ago. Despite a £3 billion agreement with the Department of Health to install IT systems, there have been huge technical problems that CSC has not overcome. Government bureaucracy and NHS Trusts wanting their own standards have made the project even more complex.
The government now aims to cut £1 billion from the project. Remember when Cameron and Co claimed that public sector job losses would be replaced by the private sector?
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In The Socialist 25 April 2012:
Fighting the government's attacks
We're striking back on 10 May
Socialist Party news and analysis
NHS faces more cuts
The ugly truth behind the latest unemployment figures
Brighton: Mass protest counters racist EDL
Them & Us
Socialist Party feature
Interview: 'get organised to support workers in struggle'
Socialist Party May Day Greetings
May Day Greetings in The Socialist newspaper
Socialist Party workplace news
Workers' Memorial Day 28 April
Jobs threat at CSC
Claps and cheers greet Remploy marchers in Sheffield
Workplace news in brief
Vote TUSC in May
Vote for a socialist alternative
Build a socialist alternative to austerity
Hundreds of Liverpool Sure Start parents demonstrate against cuts
Labour - no friend of trade unions
Gateshead campaigners told to 'move house' if they don't like waste-site plans
TUSC campaigns round-up
International socialist news and analysis
Argentina: Nationalisation provokes wrath of imperialism
France: Left Front vote shows potential for new workers' party
The Socialist 25 April 2012 |
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