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RAC call centre staff angry as firm slashes wages

Posted on Wednesday 30th January 2013 at 9:57 pm by SH (Editor)

The RAC building in Great Park Road, Bradley Stoke, Bristol.

Staff at the RAC call centre in Bradley Stoke claim their employer is planning to cut their wages by between 15 and 28 per cent, according to a report in today’s Bristol Post.

A worker at the centre, located in Great Park Road, told the paper that the company is planning to terminate employees’ contracts and offer to re-employ them on revised terms.

Around 180 people are believed to work at the site.

The RAC is owned by private equity firm Carlyle Group following a £1 billion takeover in 2011.

A spokesman for the RAC said the organisation was introducing a system where people are paid based on their sales performance.

The company says it will be putting in place a period of pay protection to support the transition to the new reward structure.

Do you work at the RAC in Bradley Stoke? Let us know your views by leaving a comment on this story.

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Job fears as RAC taken over by private equity firm

Posted on Thursday 23rd June 2011 at 10:07 pm by SH (Editor)

RAC Motoring Services, Bradley Stoke, Bristol

Workers at RAC Motoring Services in Great Park Road, Bradley Stoke, heard today that the company has been sold to US private equity firm Carlyle Group for £1 billion.

Current owner Aviva, which bought the RAC for £1.1 billion in 2005, said in a press release that the sale supported the company’s strategy to focus on insurance and savings businesses in its priority markets.

A report on The Guardian website says the company refused to comment on job losses, although sources close to the firm said the takeover would not lead to redundancies.

The Unite union said Carlyle had given assurances that the sale of RAC would ensure “the workforce is protected, terms and conditions will be maintained and, crucially, all the pensions arrangements will be preserved”.

The paper recalls Permira’s acquisition of the AA in 2004, which was heavily criticised by unions for loading the company with debt, leading to 3,400 job losses.

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