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Union must fight for BT jobs

Issue No. 2605

Thousands of BT workers jobs are under threat - the union must fight

Thousands of BT workers' jobs are under threat - the union must fight (Pic: Panhard)


Prospect union reps at BT met last week to discuss their response to major job cuts.

The firm announced 13,000 job losses earlier this month.

Some 100 union reps attended Prospect’s BT divisional conference in Nottingham.

They voted to “keep all options open” in their campaign to defend jobs.

The “priorities” for the response to the cuts include “campaigning for job security and actions to minimise compulsory redundancies and maximise the effectiveness of redeployment.”

BT has said it will create 6,000 more jobs in other grades. But this does not compensate for the cull of others.

The introduction to an emergency motion said, “BT’s plans to cut 13,000 jobs are unworkable, are not thought through. And it will cause very serious damage to the company’s operations in both short term and longer terms.”

It’s difficult to see how anything but strikes can push back such a huge attack on workers.

BT had 240,000 workers when it was privatised in 1984.

It now has fewer than 100,000.

But shareholders’ dividends are being protected.


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Tue 22 May 2018, 14:49 BST
Issue No. 2605
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