News : GMB Takes Concerns Over British Airways IT Outsourcing to MPs
London, UK, Jan 14, 2016 -- The trade union representing workers at British Airways has met MPs to air concerns that an IT outsourcing deal between the airline and Indian firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will see UK jobs go and could be a security risk.
The GMB met MPs in an attempt to stop further IT outsourcing by BA and what it describes as an "abuse" of the Tier 2 visa system.
The airline’s IT outsourcing, which is currently being phased in, is expected to be complete in April. The union says up to 900 IT jobs could go to TCS, some of them filled by staff in India.
The GMB has already written to the Migration Advisory Committee and the Home Office asking them to clamp down on what it describes as abuse of Tier 2 visas by BA and TCS, but has not yet had a response.
The Tier 2 system, which includes the intra-company transfers that allow IT suppliers with UK operations to bring in staff from overseas, is often criticised. Campaigners accuse big businesses, such as Indian IT suppliers, of using Tier 2 to bring in low-cost labour and make it impossible for local IT professionals to compete.
BA’s IT staff are based around the UK, including at BA headquarters in west London, its call centre in Newcastle, and locations in Manchester, Cardiff and Scotland.
Mick Rix, national officer for civil aviation at the GMB, said: "There are many serious matters of concern with the company proposal, not least the devastating economic impact these job losses will have on GMB members, their families and the communities where they live."
Posted by Veronica Silva Cusi, news correspondent
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About British Airways:
British Airways is a full service global airline, offering year-round low fares with an extensive global route network flying to and from centrally-located airports.
About Tata Consultancy:
TCS provides consultancy services involving: IT services, business solutions, and outsourcing.
Published: Friday, January 15, 2016