Comcast has won the auction to control Sky, after a lengthy tussle with Fox. There will inevitably be changes in Sky that impact on the workforce, on top of what is happening already. Staff will need a union more than ever.
A CWU ballot for BT London members, with big support for a union campaign for a rise. London Weighting was last increased by BT in 2012. The company has consistently refused to make any offer of improvement.
Sky Retail have began a consultation with staff reps and then closed it within weeks, to press ahead with their plan.Major changes are proposed which will result in store managers losing their positions, but they have been told they cannot be considered redundant. Bonus changes have already been piloted and will be introduced across all staff; some will face pay cuts as a result.
BT Fleet has lost some work and cuts to working hours (shifts) will follow. The company decided to put in place a new structure of one manager per site, and remove the highest grade of workshop supervisor. The resulting dislocation has seen new managers imported to London as promotion opportunities go.
The end of June saw the closure of the BT Pension Scheme, with members transferring into the BT Retirement Saving Scheme. However part of the union agreement was the setting up of a ‘hybrid’ scheme, which allows for part of pay to be treated like the old ‘career average’ scheme. The new scheme should start April 2019.