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By | Paul Kunert 9th July 2012 11:43

CSC bundles NHS IT fiasco staff out the door

Now to decide the fate of 640 staffers in round two

CSC has binned about 100 workers involved in the disastrous National Programme for IT in the first wave of planned redundancies – with another 200 heads leaving voluntarily, company insiders have claimed.

Altogether 500 techies – 30 per cent of those working on the botched NHS system – were put at risk of redundancy back in February when the 90-day consultation process began.

"The process is over," said a sources close to CSC. "There were 100 compulsory redundancies - finance, sales people and medical experts - and 200 volunteered to go."

The integrator made the cuts after confirming it was writing off $1.5bn over its botched National Programme for IT in the UK.

As part of the process, staff were handed a one-month stay of execution to find alternative employment and CSC agreed to advertise vacancies at rival firms on its intranet.

A CSC spokeswoman issued a statement: "Our job reduction programme relating to our work on the NHS has now been completed.

"The number of employees who left our business on a compulsory redundancy basis was less than 10 per cent of the total number of employees who left the business under this programme."

She said affected staffers could use an outplacement service.

Now there is the additional matter matter to work through – the 640 employees across the rest of CSC who were put at risk of redundancy back in April.

Company folk tell The Channel that CSC is now individually notifying people who are to be laid off.

The CSC mouthpiece added that the company was still in the 90-day consultation phase regarding the 640 staff and thus was unable to provide specific details.

"But it is absolutely our intention to mitigate compulsory redundancies through voluntary redundancies and redeployment," said CSC.

"Where this is not possible, we will provide support to help ensure that anyone leaving the business does so in the best possible position to secure alternative employment."

It is understood that CSC wants voluntary and compulsory redundancies to be split 50/50, but union Unite is pushing for 80 per cent of the redundancies to be voluntary. The union claims there are sufficient volunteers for an 80/20 split.

Kevin O'Gallagher, Unite national officer for IT, told The Channel: "I am disappointed that despite all of the proposals and counter-proposals put forward by the union to avoid compulsory redundancies, CSC appears hellbent on selecting individuals they wish to make redundant." ®

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