BT to take over Monteray
26th July 2012
BT is set to take over ownership of facilities company
Monteray Ltd in a move announced earlier this week. CWU has
welcomed the announcement and hopes it will lead to greater job
security and a recruitment drive among staff in Monteray.
The new company will be called BT Facilities Services Ltd and
will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of BT. Whilst the new
company will come under the umbrella of British Telecommunication
Plc it will remain a company in its own right. CWU understands that
the ownership will change no later than December 1 2012.
CWU assistant secretary Colin
O'Callaghan welcomed the announcement, saying:
"We hope that this will be good news for staff at Monteray.
Being bought by a big group like BT should bring stability and more
secure employment for staff, many of whom are already CWU members,
although the exact picture in terms of impact on staff is not yet
"It makes good sense for BT to take over Monteray -
re-gaining control over the maintenance of the BT Estate. BT will
in effect be bringing its facilities and buildings management
contracts back in-house through this acquisition.
"We're seeking urgent meetings with the companies to
establish what the short and longer-term effects will be on staff
and how we can help to make this process as painless as possible
for all who are affected. We're also encouraging any Monteray
employees who are not already CWU members to join the union so that
we can maximise the effectiveness of our representation of the full
workforce through the transition of ownership and any changes which
may be a part of that."
CWU is the recognised union for non-managerial staff within BT
group and Openreach, CWU does not currently have recognition with
Monteray but the union does have a significant density of
membership. Efforts to boost recruitment and membership density
will now be stepped up in light of the announcement, with the view
of achieving recognition within Monteray and retaining that when it
becomes BT Facilities Services.
Monteray has staff in locations across the UK carrying out
facilities management roles including technical and operational
maintenance, ground maintenance and cleaning.
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