UK private sector union Amicus has reached what it claims is a unique deal with Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) that will secure British jobs as the firm undertakes a major offshore outsourcing programme.
According to the union, the agreement with CSC will see any cost savings made through offshoring shared between the existing UK workforce to provide training and development.
Backed by the UK government, the agreement is believed to be the first of its kind in the IT sector and the first with an American company. The deal covers 10,000 employees in the UK.
Amicus maintained that such deals were necessary in an era of globalisation and increasing competition.
Peter Skyte, national officer at the union, said: "This landmark agreement represents the first in the IT sector and with an American company anywhere in the world.
"We hope that other companies will follow this initiative as a way of maintaining their competitiveness and continuing to invest in the jobs, skills and careers of their UK-based employees."
Trade and Industry Secretary Alan Johnson applauded the fact that UK workers had been consulted about offshoring before it happened, and that a share of any savings made are reinvested in skills for the benefit of the workforce.
Amicus said it will lobby other offshoring companies to foster similar approaches.
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