The disciplinary regime at Sky continues to stimulate union membership applications. CWU cannot stop the company’s general approach but we can advise and represent at hearings. This can be critical to longer term job security. The branch is currently dealing with 12 real or potential Tribunal cases, and several legal cases relating to sickness/attendance.
Cuts will help pay for the lavish new building called Sky Central, part of the HQ complex in West London. Cleaning and security staff, employed by contractor MITIE, are being subjected to redundancies.
Rupert Murdoch’s Fox planned £11.7 billion takeover of Sky (from the current 39% ownership) has slowed again as the government may refer the issue to competition authorities. Issues are still ‘standards’ and ‘media plurality’. Last try was blown apart by the 2011 phone hacking scandal. There is also concern that Sky News could turn into ‘Trump tv’ along the lines of Fox news in the USA.