For the first time in many years delegates to the CWU union’s telecom conference threw out a proposal from our executive.
They urged us to recommend a bad deal to around 30,000 workers at BT Openreach. The deal includes fitting GPS “tracker” spies in the vans, lower pay rates for new recruits and “beck and call” contracts all year round.
Executive member Ian Cuthbert told delegates that the offer was conditional on the union’s recommendation and that rejection would lead to an explosion of outsourcing.
He lambasted delegates who opposed the deal for their “cowardly populism”. In turn, delegate after delegate angrily condemned the executive’s capitulation to BT’s blackmail.
Conference passed a motion to recommend rejection of the package and prepare for industrial action.