Members of the Amicus trade union are preparing pickets of Norwich Union sites across the country in response to its representatives being denied access to offices after stepping up a campaign against offshoring of jobs.
The action, starting today, comes in response to an Amicus survey of NU staff about their views.
On the basis of 1,900 responses from some 9,000 postal forms sent out, the survey has found an overwhelming majority expressing concern about job security sparked by increasing globalisation of the job market.
A spokesman for Amicus says the fact representatives, including those NU employees seconded to union work, have been told they cannot return to sites to push the issue means the union will look to recruit outside the sites affected.
”The company doesn’t like the results of the survey,” a spokesman for Amicus says.
”The response has been to throw things out of the pram”.
Amicus expects to sit down with senior human resources managers in the near future to discuss the issue, the spokesman adds.
Norwich Union has responded by stating any offshoring moves will affect workers by type of job performed, not their location.
For example, the company says offshoring has so far had no affect on its major operations based in Perth, where the number of jobs has grown by “hundreds”.
First of all, this is not an issue specific to NU and Amicus. Offshoring as a contentious issue in terms of labour relations across the industry is undeniable.
What is less discussed is how such moves may affect distribution channels, particularly given re-positioning because of de-polarisation.
IFA complaints about service levels from all sorts of companies can occur for all sorts of reasons. However, what research seems not to have formally quantified is whether and how much providers lose business specifically because of offshoring experiences of those in the independent distribution channel.
Were such losses to occur, they may yet change the business argument supporting the policy. Likewise, positive experiences will be used as evidence offshoring works.IFAonline
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