Sheffield civil servants face the axe

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More than 200 civil servants in Sheffield face the axe after the Government handed their work over to a private company.

More than 200 civil servants in Sheffield face the axe after the Government handed their work over to a private company.

Staff at the Department for Work and Pensions office in Hanover Way arrived to work today to redundancy notices which could see them out of a job by October.

Some of the 250 staff affected have worked at the office, which handle human resources for branches of Job Centre Plus across the country, for more than 30 years.

Similar scenes played out in offices in Cardiff and Leeds, which have also been hit by the move which saw Shared Services Connected Ltd take over personal data of staff in the DWP, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Environment Agency.

Employee Kathryn Housley, aged 60, of Broomhill said: “I’ve been here for 10 years but there are some who have worked for the civil service all their lives.

“None of us could believe it. There were tears. It’s a disgrace.

“We’ve been told our work is going abroad. It is very sensitive personal data we deal with which is going into the hands of a private company overseas.”

Mark Serwotka, secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union said: “Despite the Government’s recent claim that it wants businesses to bring jobs back to the UK, ministers appear happy to send civil service work overseas in a cynical move to exploit inferior pay and employment conditions that workers abroad face.”