On the eve of taking strike action against the compulsory transfer of satellite broadcasting staff to a company owned by Barclays private equity, CWU members won agreement that any transfers would be voluntary.
Staff were worried that with future technological change any compulsory transfers would in time lead to mass redundancies from the new company. The agreement was brokered the evening beforestrike was to start, action that would have affected major sporting events over the weekend.
The vote for action was overwhelming, approximately nine to one, and included both staff who were earmarked for transfer and other union members who worked alongside them. Many of the staff affected were some of the highest paid technicians whose skills are in demand in the media and broadcasting industry.