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/
Discussions are open with BT about London Weighting, which has not been increased since 2012. This follows a union ballot where members gave clear support to campaign for a rise.
The new ‘hybrid’ pension scheme for former members of the BT Pension scheme is available from 1st April 2019 but those eligible have 6 months to make a decision on signing up. CWU members can get advice from lighthousefinancialadvice.co.uk quoting CWU.
In a rerun of activities early in the millennium, BT is looking to cut its way to financial success. Following the chopping of staff pensions, next is the attack on ‘non core’ assets. First this time around is BT Facilities – only brought ‘in house’ a few years ago. Management plan to sell it to CBRE and ISIS. Rumour is rife as to what is next - anything could be classified ‘non core’.