Hundreds of BT workers have voted to strike against a plan to transfer them out of the company to a contractor and to attack their conditions, pay and pension rights. Workers in the D&DS section voted by 81 percent on an 80 percent turnout for strikes in a ballot.
The workers provide support for BT's internal computer system. The company wants to transfer them to a contractor, ComputaCentre. BT wants to pave the way for more widespread attacks, outsourcing whole swathes of the workforce to contractors.
The implications of the D&DS attack are well understood by other BT workers. They have backed the workers' fight whenever they have heard the details of the plan. The strike vote now needs to be turned into swift and hard-hitting action, as the deadline for the planned transfer is only weeks away.
This weekend sees a conference of the Broad Left grouping in the CWU union, whose supporters dominate the BT section of the union's leadership. The conference should discuss how to organise effective strike action.