Staff transfer to Openreach

From October 1st Openreach became more independent of BT and staff were transferred under TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employees). Terms and conditions all stay the same but the employer is now Openreach, although it is still a subsidiary company of BT.

BT Pension changes

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.

SARS concerns in Virgin Media

We have big cause for concern about the SARS attendance review system. This goes up in steps 1 to 4 – with 4 being dismissal. This despite longer term absences often being related to disabilities. Advice to members is – do not co-operate with SARS 4, but pursue a case of disability discrimination. After all, Richard Branson says it is priority to get,and keep disabled people in work.