Feeds

Unilever offloads IT staff to Accenture

There may be trouble ahead...

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Accenture has won a seven year, multi-million pound deal to run the IT of washing powder giant Unilever, as part of the company's controversial "One Unilever" cost-cutting programme.

Accenture will provide application development, implementation, and support across Europe. Accenture will run Unilever's IT from six countries: France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Spain and the UK. The agreement is a "master services agreement" and local contracts have still to be signed.

In December last year, Unilever staff across Europe took a "day of action" to protest the company's plans to outsource human resources, IT and finance functions.

Unions feared these cost-cutting measures could translate into as many as 2,500 jobs lost.

A number of staff will move across to Accenture as part of the deal - "in accordance with local laws". Both firms will "work together to minimise the impact on staff wherever possible", according to the statement.

Calls to union Amicus were not returned by press time.

The Accenture press release is here. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Whitepapers

Driving business with continuous operational intelligence
Introducing an innovative approach offered by ExtraHop for producing continuous operational intelligence.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
How to determine if cloud backup is right for your servers
Two key factors, technical feasibility and TCO economics, that backup and IT operations managers should consider when assessing cloud backup.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence
Download Choosing a Cloud Hosting Provider with Confidence to learn more about cloud computing - the new opportunities and new security challenges.