The branch annual meeting is on Wed 20th March at St Botolphs Bishopsgate (next to Liverpool St station, central London) Starts 6.15pm. We have a speaker from the GMB union (Nadine Houghton) and have invited Angela Rayner MP. We do not know if she can come due to the unpredictable nature of parliamentary business! Annual reports are available to question officers as usual.
The CWU has launched a campaign to bring openreach engineers fully into the protection of the European Working Time Directive and to eliminate ‘Personal Travel Time’. The effect of current arrangements is to push people to work unpaid for longer and longer hours. The union wants this contractual obligation removed from existing and future contracts. Petitions and other campaign material are available from http://www.cwu.org/campaign-pack-our-hours/
The result of the ballot for 2019 branch positions was that the following were successful:
Secretary: John Ballard
Financial Secretary Maria Exall
Other positions are filled at our Annual Meeting see right.
The takeover of Sky by Comcast is sure to mean changes but details so far are only rumours. Comcast will need a return on their enormous investment, where they outbid Fox/Disney. Staff will need union support as change comes.
Discussions are open with BT about London Weighting, which has not been increased since 2012. This follows a union ballot where members gave clear support to campaign for a rise.