On 29th November 2016, Ofcom announced they were starting the process to secure a full legal separation of Openreach from BT, as a wholly owned subsidiary. Full details of what this would mean are awaited and the CWU nationally is lobbying to protect jobs conditions and pensions.
After lengthy talks, management have introduced more Saturdays as normal hours into Openreach Service Delivery.However numbers are contained and more members have gone to 9 day fortnight and 4 day week. The union is also seeking cuts to late cover since it appears to add little to getting the job done. Frames have already trialled a cut in lates successfully.
BT Fleet continues to provide more services to a greater number of companies. This in turn is putting practical pressure on members. A new bonus system has now started – causing unfairness, complaints, and anomalies. 24 hour working has started at Wimbledon, with other workshops to follow.
CWU is still fully recognised for members transferring to Equinix from Telecity. Local meetings will still beheld from time to time in Docklands. A number of members have joined Digital Realty, as Equinix had to sell off some sites.
A theme across a number of companies is a brutal approach to members with disabilities/medical problems. In Sky, Virgin and Interxion there have been recent cases of reasonable adjustments being refused.