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GMB Demonstrates Outside Home Office Over Visa Abuse Inaction

Thursday, October 27, 2016

GMB Demonstrates Outside Home Office Over "Scandal" Of May’s Inaction On Visa Abuse Claims At British Airways

Home Secretary must deal with predecessor Theresa May’s inaction on Tier 2 visa abuse by looking with ‘fresh eyes’ at evidence of resident workers being replaced at Heathrow, says union

GMB, the union for airline workers, will this morning stage a demonstration outside the Home Office over the outsourcing of IT jobs from British Airways (BA) to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).

The union is currently in dispute with British Airways over the outsourcing of 800 UK IT jobs to the Indian firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).  A number of British Airways IT functions are already run by TCS and GMB has previously called on the Home Affairs Select Committee to investigate TCS's use of the UK visa system to replace UK workers.

GMB had written to the Home Office several times, without response, warning that members employed in the IT department at British Airways were to be replaced with workers recruited in India and flown into the UK on tier 2 visas.

The union said the response it eventually received from then Home Office Minister James Brokenshire in July “evaded many of the points” the union had made.

GMB workers from BA will stage a demonstration outside the Home Office, calling on new Home Secretary Amber Rudd to take action, this morning (Thursday 27 October 2016) at 10:40.

Home Office

2 Marsham Street

London

SW1P 4DF

GMB called on the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to review the evidence "with fresh eyes".

Stephanie Blanchard, GMB said:

“The Prime Minister left the Home Office this summer with a scandal in her wake, having totally failed to deal with serious claims of Tier 2 visa abuse that have seen resident workers being replaced.

“The new Home Secretary has now been left to deal with this mess and it’s essential she now looks at the cold facts with fresh eyes. We need Amber Rudd to clamp down on these abuses before it’s too late.

“Multinationals like British Airways are displacing UK based IT workers with Indian workers to facilitate the jobs moving from the UK to India. Mrs May talked tough on visa abuse but she failed to deal with it on her watch.

“British Airways' reward for their workers' loyalty is redundancy and to replace them with another company’s cheap labour brought in from abroad on dubious visas. In the same week airport expansion got the green light, let's ensure these jobs, skills and systems are kept in Heathrow too. We're calling on them to think again."

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Contact: GMB Press Office on 07958 156846 or press.office@gmb.org.uk

Notes to editors

1. GMB Letter to Amber Rudd Home Secretary - to be presented at the Home Office at 10:40 today

http://www.gmb.org.uk/assets/media/MR%20ltr%2013.10.16%20to%20A%20Rudd.pdf

2. Home Office letter to GMB - 13 July 2016

http://www.gmb.org.uk/assets/media/James%20Brokenshire%20reply%2013.7.16%20to%20M%20Rix%20lto%20HO%20re%20IT%20outsourcing%20.pdf

3. GMB letter to Theresa May - 3 June 2016

http://www.gmb.org.uk/assets/media/MRix%202016%20correspondence%20to%20T%20May.pdf

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Additional Resources

GMB Letter to Amber Rudd Home Secretary

download pdf232Kb (pdf) - 27 October 2016

GMB Letter to Amber Rudd Home Secretary - to be presented at the Home Office at 10:40 today

Home Office letter to GMB

download pdf77Kb (pdf) - 27 October 2016

Home Office letter to GMB - 13 July 2016

GMB letter to Theresa May

download pdf300Kb (pdf) - 27 October 2016

GMB letter to Theresa May - 3 June 2016