Wednesday, July 23, 2008

ID cards to blame for passport service job cuts

From ComputerWorld:

"The Public and Commercial Services Union said human processes were being automated, and resources were being “diverted” from passport processing to the introduction of ID cards. The government plans to close a key passport office in Glasgow, and has offered passport staff a below-inflation 2.5 percent pay rise.

In May, five IT suppliers were selected for the ID cards project. The PCS complains that the pay rise comes at a time when the IPS has spent “nearly £50 million” on consultants.

Some 3,000 staff at the Identity and Passport Service will strike over the next three days."

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