The Communication Workers Union (CWU) has been holding online meetings for members around the country, as it prepares to launch an industrial action ballot in BT Group. The union’s “Count Me In” campaign has seen well-attended meetings take place throughout recent weeks, with union reps and officers discussing how to resist BT bosses’ plans for job cuts and attacks on terms and conditions.
In late March, BT announced plans to give its workers a non-consolidated “pandemic bonus” of £1,000 in cash, and £500 worth of shares, a move which the CWU denounced as a bribe, calling attention to the fact that the company has not offered any consolidated pay increase.
CWU is yet to announce the timetable for a formal ballot. In late 2020, BT workers voted overwhelmingly for industrial action in an indicative ballot. Over 4,000 people have taken part in a union email-writing campaign in support of BT workers’ demands.
On 24 March, engineers working for Openreach, part of the BT Group, struck again in their dispute over re-grading.