Sheffield MP voices concerns over job losses

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Sheffield MP Paul Blomfield has criticised the Government over axing Civil Service jobs in Sheffield amid claims they are being replaced by cheap labour in India.

The Labour MP accused Prime Minister David Cameron of ‘empty words’ when he raised plans to cut 500 jobs by SSCL, a private firm part-owned by the Government, which is closing sites in Sheffield, Cardiff and Leeds.

Mr Blomfield said: “In January the Prime Minister told the World Economic Forum that he wanted the UK to become ‘the re-shoring nation’, to bring jobs back from abroad.

“Now the Government is letting a private company take an axe to publicly-funded Civil Service jobs in Sheffield and move the work out of the country. Unless urgent action is taken, the Prime Minister’s statement will be seen as nothing more than empty words.

“It’s a disgrace that after years of loyal service, these staff are losing their jobs simply because the Government can replace them with cheap labour in India.”

Mark Serwotka, leader of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: “While we welcome the commitment to seek redeployment for our members in order to mitigate the impact of the redundancies, it is unacceptable that the minister did not explain why the Government is sanctioning SSCL’s offshoring.

“The Government should act now to keep these jobs in the UK, rather than attempt to cynically exploit the inferior pay and employment conditions that workers abroad face.”