Rupert Murdoch’s planned takeover of Sky (from the current 39% ownership) is moving closer as the relevant government minister is due to make a statement on June 29th. Although this may not be the final decision, it will give a clear indication. The EU has already given regulatory clearance.
Members in BT Facilities Services – a subsidiary company from BT covering security, cleaning, and building engineering – have agreed a pay deal. The deal is complex but gives an extra boost to the lowest paid.
BT has given notice to CWU that it is giving 12 months notice to end the 2008 agreement on pensions and wants a review to cut costs. No details are expected till later in 2017.
The pay rise recently agreed with BT (which this branch voted against) has become even more controversial as payment is now delayed to October. This is because part of the rise is not pensionable. BT will pay out interim payments at the end of June, which can be from £200 to £750 depending on grade.
Digital Realty is an American company which took over part of the former Telecity. The new firm has renewed the union recognition agreement and achieved a pay settlement with CWU reps, subject to a members’ ballot. This is in contrast to Equinix (see below). Grading structure issues are still to come.