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. If BT do not negotiate soon, then further action will have to be considered.
At short notice, Sky Retail have begun a consultation with staff, and a special committee has been elected. Major changes are proposed which will result in store managers losing their positions, but they have been told they cannot be considered redundant (although area managers are). Bonus changes have already been piloted and will be introduced across all staff; we believe many will face pay cuts as a result. Members are invited to let us know views.
Fox and Comcast are still battling for ownership of Sky. A deadline of 22nd September could result in a speedy ‘auction’ if a decision is not clear by then. Whichever way the outcome goes, a union is needed in SKY to protect staff.
BT Fleet has lost some work and cuts to working hours (shifts) will follow. As Fleet work for many different companies, ups and downs are normal. But the recent management restructure was not. 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 rather than an insurance policy.. Details of this are still awaited but BT say they will honour their promises – in time.