Date Wednesday 3 November 2010
UNISON welcomes withdrawal of jobs threat
UNISON has today welcomed the announcement by Accenture of its
withdrawal of redundancy proposals from employees working on its
This outcome means that hundreds of employees – based in East
Kilbride (South Lanarkshire) and Queensferry (North Wales) – who
were facing redundancy and the insecurity of unemployment as Christmas
approached can now look forward to a more stable flow of work
and job security for the foreseeable future.
The announcement by Accenture follows months of detailed negations
and discussions between trade unions, Accenture, ScottishPower
and parent company Iberdrola.
Accenture told staff this week it had secured significant new
project work and had therefore extended the scope of its support
contract with ScottishPower.
Gerry Crawley, regional organiser for UNISON, said: “This is
great news for our members who have gone through a difficult time
and suffered a lengthy period of uncertainty about their jobs.
“This decision is testament to the hard work of all those involved,
together with the support of local politicians, in preventing
job losses at a time of great economic uncertainty.”
In a statement to its ScottishPower workforce, Accenture said:
“We consider this to be a very positive outcome. It is a position
that saves jobs for the foreseeable future and will result in
a stable demand position for additional project work to at least
the end of 2011 and hopefully beyond.”