Countdown to first BT Group-wide strike ballot since 1987 begins in earnest

Telecoms & Financial Services, Openreach

Members across Openreach, BT and EE are being urged to tune in to the  union’s social media channels tomorrow (Wednesday) evening for a special live announcement on the forthcoming industrial action ballot on pay.

At 7pm sharp the timetable of the first BT Group-wide statutory ballot on strike action in 35 years will be revealed – with CWU general secretary Dave Ward joining deputy general secretary (T&FS) Andy Kerr and CWU president Karen Rose to mark a defining moment for industrial relations in the telecommunications and broadband giant.

Encouraging mass participation in what promises to be a seminal fight for the future direction of a company that is currently favouring conflict over co-operation with its workforce, Andy Kerr stresses: “We want to see every member possible online tomorrow night – not just because of importance of what is at stake, but also to make it abundantly clear to BT’s top brass that this time they’ve picked a fight they are going to sorely regret.

“The CWU didn’t seek this showdown – but given the disrespect and contempt senior management have piled on loyal and hardworking employees – expecting you take real-term pay cuts while paying out bumper dividends to shareholders and no doubt themselves – this is a battle we have no choice but to fight and win!”

Watch the ballot timetable announcement  at 7pm tomorrow (Wednesday May 25) via Facebook / Youtube / Twitter