The ballot of the BT pay and pension deal opens on 19th April and closes on 2rd May 2018. After considering the details of the deal Greater London Combined Branch recommend that you vote no in all three sections of this deal. Ask yourself, will I be better off if this deal is agreed? and do I deserve better?
On Pensions we all loose out
• BTPS members (joined before April 2000) – the details of the hybrid scheme are still unknown and we won’t even know when it could be started until government legislation is changed in order create it. It is highly likely it will be an inferior pension to the BTPS and will result in you having less money. After years of hard work and sacrifice you deserve to live well in retirement.
• BTRSS members (joined after April 2000) – although BT is offering “employer increases” of 25% this is only for those who have been contributing the minimum to their pension. The more you have put in the less BT will pay extra in to your pot. At current levels BTRSS members can only look forward to retiring into poverty.
• (Workforce 2020) – even with the promised £150 pay rise, your pay, terms and conditions are significantly lower than that of your NEWGRID co-workers. £150 does not make up for being paid less for the same work and getting less leave and sick pay. You deserve the same rewards for working just as hard.
On Pay we all lose out
• The offered 3% pensionable pay rise is still a real-terms pay cut as Feb 2018 saw RPI inflation hit 3.6% . And it still dose not make up for the pensionable pay lost to BTPS member in the last deal.
• And there is still no rise to London Weighting! It has been six years since London Weighting was raised and we are lagging behind the £4,098 paid to the public sector.
• given £5 billion to BT shareholders (since 2013).
• given Gavin Patterson £20 million in remuneration.
• lost £530 million in it’s BT Italia Division.
If BT can afford these, then they can afford to pay for a decent pension scheme and pay their employees what they deserve!
Vote no to the Pay and Pension Deal 2018 and bring BT back to the negotiating table.
We need free unions
we support the abolition of the anti-trade union laws, which stop workers organising and taking action, and their replacement with strong legal workers’ rights. Otherwise we are fighting the challenges of low pay, insecurity and lack of rights with our hands tied behind our backs. We applaud the 2017 Labour Party conference’s unanimous call for repeal of not just the 2016 Trade Union Act, but also the “anti-union laws introduced in the 1980s and 90s” by the Tories and maintained after 1997; and for a “strong legal charter of workers’ rights”. “For unions to be effective workers need an effective right to strike”. This builds on the unanimous 2015 decision that the next Labour government should “legislate for strong rights to unionise, win recognition and collective bargaining, strike, picket and take solidarity action”.
We agree to renew our commitment to
• Complete and speedy repeal of all anti-union laws.
• Strong legal rights for workers to join, recruit to and be represented by a union; strike/take industrial action by a process, at a time and for demands of their own choosing, including in solidarity with any other workers and for broader social and political goals; and picket freely.
• The right to reinstatement for workers found to have been sacked unfairly. A complete ban on dismissal for industrial action, however long it lasts. Full rights from day one of a job.
• Strong rights for unions to access workplaces, win recognition, and establish collective bargaining, including sector-wide bargaining.
• Unions’ right to decide their own policies and activities, determine their own structures and rules, and spend their funds as they choose, free from state and employer interference, in line with ILO Conventions and the European Convention on Human Rights.
BT members will be soon be balloting on a proposed agreement on pensions. Despite CWU policy to ballot for action if the Pension scheme was closed, the Executive are recommending a yes vote, even though closure is a part of the plan. The proposal is complex and details will be sent home. As well as pensions, it includes pay rises for the next 2 years and other matters.
Details are available at www.cwu.org and have been posted to members. There are 3 ballots: one for members of BTPS who joined BT before 2001, one for members of BTPS who joined later, and a separate vote on pay.
Sky are piloting big changes to the pay and bonus systems in the retail stores in shopping centres. Members have many questions about these but Sky have decided not to have any formal consultation as they believe this is non contractual. More information will be sent to members, and concern has led to an increase in union membership. We can discuss with staff outside working hours on request.
The future of Sky is still uncertain as 2 giant media firms battle it out. Biggest offer is from Comcast, but Fox could bid higher. Fox has hit regulatory hurdles with concern about media dominance. Whatever the result Sky employees need a union.