ARGUS COMMENT: Job losses will hurt city

ARGUS COMMENT: Job losses will hurt city

ARGUS COMMENT: Job losses will hurt city

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IF THE very real jobs threat facing Ministry of Justice workers becomes a reality then Newport could be about to face yet another major blow.

As we reported in February there were stirrings of plans to outsource work currently carried out by staff at the city's Ministry ofJustice Shared Services Centre on the edge of the city.

It now seems that this is the increasingly likely outcome of a government review, putting 1,000 jobs at risk.

The Ministry of Justice is not yet confirming that the civil service jobs will go.

But it is in the middle of considering several options for the future delivery of back office administration services with the focus very much on cutting costs.

It seems more likely than ever that any change would lead to jobs going out to private contractors with no guarantee that any of the jobs would be maintained in Newport.

Staff have been told that their jobs could be privatised in the government opts for a deal with French IT company Steria as early as August.

They are due to take strike action later this month in protest at the plans.

No doubt the government would argue that the changes will lead to a better deal for the taxpayer.

However we would argue that putting 1,000 people in Newport out of a job is a high price to pay and we would urge them to think of the wider costs of such a move.

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2:02pm Tue 24 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

Yet again cost cutting is used as an excuse to farm out existing jobs to another foreign owned private contractor. Yet again the government refuse to listen to informed opinion that employing private contractors is always the dearer option with no controls on the industry. Look at the hash that Siemens brought in with the Passport Office. Look at G4S and Securicor in our prisons and security services. Look ate the private companies running the catering, cleaning, maintenance and agencies making fortunes out of supplying bank nurses to our understaffed ' FREE ' NHS.
Private rail companies operate the trains as long as we pump millions of pounds in every year to help them make a very nice profit.
Yet another example, as if we need it, to prove that those in charge in London do not listen or give a thought to what is right for the British public.
Creating unemployment on this scale is not saving anybody any money.
Vote next year. Get them gone. They think they are untouchable and above reproach.
Yet again cost cutting is used as an excuse to farm out existing jobs to another foreign owned private contractor. Yet again the government refuse to listen to informed opinion that employing private contractors is always the dearer option with no controls on the industry. Look at the hash that Siemens brought in with the Passport Office. Look at G4S and Securicor in our prisons and security services. Look ate the private companies running the catering, cleaning, maintenance and agencies making fortunes out of supplying bank nurses to our understaffed ' FREE ' NHS. Private rail companies operate the trains as long as we pump millions of pounds in every year to help them make a very nice profit. Yet another example, as if we need it, to prove that those in charge in London do not listen or give a thought to what is right for the British public. Creating unemployment on this scale is not saving anybody any money. Vote next year. Get them gone. They think they are untouchable and above reproach. landyman3030
  • Score: 15

2:16pm Tue 24 Jun 14

KarloMarko says...

Wait - and not for very much longer - until Iain Duncan Smith's fantasy IT based "Universal Credit" project finally explodes in a cloud of DWP marsh gas. Much of the future development work on this has, or is being, outsourced and "offshored". No problem with confidentiality there then. Chaos is a coming and its wearing blue.
Wait - and not for very much longer - until Iain Duncan Smith's fantasy IT based "Universal Credit" project finally explodes in a cloud of DWP marsh gas. Much of the future development work on this has, or is being, outsourced and "offshored". No problem with confidentiality there then. Chaos is a coming and its wearing blue. KarloMarko
  • Score: 12

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