A ballot for action should be getting under way this week in a key section of BT. The vote involves some 850 workers in one section of the company, but the fight is vital to every BT worker.
The company plans to hand the workers who provide support for its internal computer system over to private firm ComputaCentre. It will then work in 'partnership' with ComputaCentre to bid for work. It will use the BT name, but the workers will be employed by ComputaCentre on worse conditions and pay.
BT workers are in the CWU union. The union executive is balloting some 850 workers who are directly affected in the Data and Desktop Services section. It is also planning to ballot the 4,500 workers in the wider Business Information Systems (BIS) division of the company. Some 120 of these workers held an angry meeting in London last week. A series of protest lobbies of ComputaCentre and BT are now planned.
The jobs slaughter in the telecoms industry will claim another 1,400 jobs in the mmO2 company, which was part of BT until November last year. The company wants to 'streamline' by shutting 133 of its shops and offices in Leeds and Slough.
The mmO2 workers' CWU union says there could be industrial action if mmO2 forces through compulsory redundancies.
Gas workers in the privatised firm Transco are facing 2,400 threatened job cuts out of a workforce of 13,700. The company is the major installer and maintainer of gas pipelines in Britain. The workers' GMB union says the cuts would threaten safety for workers and service users.
The Anti Nazi League's campaign against the Nazis planning to stand in May's council elections starts now. The ANL will be on the streets leafleting in Bexley, Tipton Green, Bradford, Burnley and Oldham every Sunday starting next week, Sunday 24 February.