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Openreach SD Saturdays increase

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 bonus starts

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 been applied – causing unfairness, complaints, anomalies and distraction. 24 hour working has started at Wimbledon, with other workshops to follow.

BT/Openreach split

Ofcom have announced that BT will be required to set up Openreach as a subsidiary company. This is the next stage in a process begun earlier this year, when Ofcom announced their preference for this option of subsidiary company status was in the ‘small print’ of their review. Details of the changes could include a massive ‘TUPE’ transfer. Ofcom consiltation closed 4th October.