Anger as Belfast Capita jobs face the axe
Almost 100 life and pensions workers in Belfast face losing their jobs, it has been announced.
A total of 84 posts are to be axed at Capita's offices in Clarendon Dock. The company blamed the economic downturn leaving people cashing in policies for the decision.
A spokeswoman said: "The amount of work we have had to do on that has severely reduced. We have been trying to bring further work to the site.
"We had some success in attracting very small amounts of work but just not the volume we need to maintain the site at its current levels."
Many of the staff administer policies for companies such as Prudential UK. A consultation on the redundancies will end on March 30.
"At the end of this date it may, regrettably, be necessary to issue those impacted with formal notice of redundancy," the spokeswoman added.
She said because of the recession people were cashing in their life and pensions policies and not taking out new ones. She confirmed 84 out of 154 staff faced redundancy.
Kevin McAdam, Unite union regional industrial organiser, said: "The union is angry that despite a commitment in October 2006 from Capita chief executive Paul Pindar to grow the Clarendon Dock site in Belfast, Capita has failed to deliver.
"A once vibrant finance life and pensions service centre will have gone from 450 staff to now less than 75. The union is calling on Capita to show their commitment to Northern Ireland by reversing the planned redundancies and deliver on its promise to grow its Belfast operation."
A member of staff said he was disgusted. "I am very disappointed and angry about how they have run their business. They promised us there would be work coming for the last six months to a year but it never materialised," he said.