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350 TV Licensing staff facing axe

Wednesday January 11th 2012

Hundreds of TV Licensing workers may be about to lose their job because their employer wants to move the work to other locations.

Outsourcing firm Capita, which holds the contract, wants to shift the work out of Bristol to other UK sites, threatening the jobs of around 350 people in the city.

The Communication Workers Union, which represents the TV Licensing staff, said the move is "callous" because it will hit the south-western city "particularly heavily".

Some staff in Glasgow may also be axed. Several strikes took place last year at Capita's TV Licensing sites as workers defended their pay.

A spokesman for the company, the largest outsourcing firm in the UK, said: "As part of a comprehensive review undertaken as part of the bid procurement for the TV Licensing contract, Capita has concluded that a revised delivery model is necessary to meet the demands of the contract in the future.

"As part of that we are proposing to optimise our current structure and relocate work from the existing Capita office in Bristol to other UK locations.

"This means that around 350 roles in Bristol are at risk of redundancy, although an office will be retained in Bristol."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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