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Capita Poland relocation threat sparks jobs fear

Reporter: DAWN MARSDEN
Date online: 06 June 2014

WORRIED employees of languages company Capita fear they will lose their jobs if proposals to relocate the business to Poland go ahead.

The language and translation services business, based in Huddersfield Road, Delph, has started a four-week consultation period that has left workers worried for their future.

A Capita Translation and Interpreting spokesman said expanding the use of the company’s centre in Krakow, Poland could result in up to 30 local jobs being subject to redundancy.

“We hope some employees will be able to find suitable redeployment opportunities within Capita,” he said. Capita has 165 British staff and 210 worldwide and the proposals will not close the Delph centre.

The firm supplies translators for the justice system through government-funded contracts.

The mother of a 24-year-old Oldham man, who has worked at Capita for over two years, has written to Business Secretary Vince Cable to express her disgust.

“Out of the 40 or so that work at the Delph office, they have been told that between 24 and 27 will lose their jobs. I think they will let this first lot go and then get rid of the rest quietly before they shut the office altogether,” she said.

Saddleworth entrepreneur Gavin Wheeldon set up Applied Language Solutions in 2003, and the company was bought by Capita in December 2011. Since then the company has been plagued by criticism following “significant and repeated failings” that led to postponed court cases, suspects being released and compensation claims.

A year ago the Ministry of Justice announced close monitoring of the contractor after a report on the first three months of its five-year contract revealed 3,833 unfulfilled requests for interpreters and 2,232 complaints.

Comments

If this goes ahead it will be a great result for the EU but a terrible result for workers in Oldham.
LibLabCon would have us believe the EU is essential for many British jobs. In reality it allows employers to move jobs to low wage areas or import workers from low wage areas. Either way it hurts British workers.
The EU is a great way for employers to keep their labour costs down. But bad news for ordinary working people.
We are paying the corrupt EU £55 million a day. For what?

What has Vince Cable got to do with it? Looking at the number of complaints etc., the oles would probably do a better job.
Anyway, we shouldn't be funding interpreters......English is the most WIDELY spoken language in the world.....it should be mandatory for all those seeking residence in this country to attend a language course on arrival.
That should rattle a few cages on here!!!

Wow.... Very interesting. It has been said the UK's Polish contingent do the jobs the british contingent do not want to do. Now the british contingent are about to lose the jobs that they want to do........

It's always sad to see job losses, but the ill-fated Ministry of Justice contract would have bankrupted ALS within weeks had it not been bought by Capita. The CTI workers are the latest in a long line of losers. Interpreters have lost out by seeing their payments slashed. The taxpayer has had to pick up the cost of delayed and abandoned trials. Capita shareholders have lost millions. The only winner was Mr Wheeldon who walked into the sunset several million pounds richer.

Just imagine how the Transit factory workers felt when the EU shipped their jobs to Turkey as a sweetener for them to join.

 

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