BT Fleet, BT’s vehicle arm, has been sold to Aurelius, a German multi national. The sale was announced suddenly, then delayed for a month due to practical complications. CWU is still recognised in the new company and the union is concerned about possible change, following the experience of the sell off of BT Facilities, where successor companies ISS and CBRE have introduced cuts.
Thanks to a sharp rise in CWU membership, the union has gained official recognition in the mobile company EE. This means there can be formal discussions about pay and conditions. CWU is already recognised in O2 and has many members in Vodafone and 3, so the union is a firm part of the mobile telecoms sector.
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 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.